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Posted on Nov 6, 2007
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By Robert Scheer

So, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, treated ever so respectfully by George Bush throughout his administration, in which he became the first Pakistani leader to visit Camp David, has turned out to be just another crummy dictator.  But he was our dictator, kind of a modern, even westernized one who could stand up to all those bearded Islamic terrorists.

Well, not exactly.  Not that anyone bothered to remember, but Musharraf seized power in Pakistan, ending democratic rule, two years before the 9/11 attacks and did nothing to end his nation’s support of the Taliban rulers next door, who were harboring Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida.  Before that he was part of a military elite that had, as the 9/11 Commission report would later conclude, been one of the main sponsors of the Taliban.  Nor did Musharraf as dictator-president do anything to undermine the nut cases that he continued to diplomatically recognize as the legitimate rulers of the neighboring country.  “On terrorism, Pakistan helped nurture the Taliban,” the 9/11 Commission reported, adding: “Many in the government have sympathized with or provided support to the extremists.  Musharraf agreed that Bin Laden was bad.  But before 9/11, preserving good relations with the Taliban took precedence.”

True, after 9/11 Musharraf did provide minimal support for the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in return for considerable aid and the lifting of the sanctions that had been imposed on his nation for developing nuclear weapons.  Odd that a nation that had nuclear weapons and that had actively supported the terrorist haven in Afghanistan was welcomed back into America’s good graces only three weeks after 9/11—at the very same time that the Bush administration was drawing up plans to overthrow Saddam Hussein, who was bin Laden’s sworn enemy.

Oh, yes, sorry, Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.  I forgot, there was that guy “Curveball,” the guy in Germany who told us that Saddam had those mobile biological weapons labs that Colin Powell relied on so heavily in his U.N. address.  But, as CBS’ “60 Minutes” reported Sunday, the German government had told the Bush administration very clearly that its great weapons expert was a just another immigrant trying to hustle a green card.

As for nukes (the real WMD), although Iraq didn’t have them, Pakistan did—at least 70 ready to explode—as well as the airplanes and missiles that could deliver them.  Worse, the “father of the Islamic bomb,” Abdul Qadeer Khan, whom the 9/11 Commission called Pakistan’s most revered nuclear weapons expert, “was leading the most dangerous nuclear smuggling ring ever disclosed.”  It was Khan who provided the key technology, uranium enrichment materials crucial to the nuke programs of Libya, Iran and North Korea.  And it was Musharraf who pardoned him, made him to this day unavailable to U.S. intelligence agents and, after a very loose form of house arrest, recently announced that he was now, as in the slogan of Southwest Airlines, free to move about the country.

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No problem—why hold a little nuclear proliferation against our favored dictator when he’s doing such a good job denying al-Qaida and other religious fanatics a base of operations in Pakistan?  Except that he did nothing of the sort.  The all-important Pakistan border territory adjoining Afghanistan is more hospitable now to terrorists than ever before.  As for bin Laden and the others Bush was going to get “dead or alive,” U.S. experts routinely concede that those terrorists have found a haven on Musharraf’s side of the border.

So where did the $10 billion go, and that’s not counting covert funds, that Bush gave Musharraf to beef up his military to better combat the terrorists?  Well, clearly the Pakistani army is very strong—just look at the martial law it has been able to impose on judges and other folks who actually believe in the rule of law.  But wait, Musharraf will back down; a deal was all but brokered, and Benazir Bhutto, whose adherence to democracy is as compelling as her family’s rich history of corruption, is waiting in the wings.

Condi Rice is on the phone, so hopefully Musharraf can be bought off and the free world once again served by the nation Bush designated “a major non-NATO ally.”  But there is a bright side, for one adviser traveling with Rice was quoted in The Washington Post as saying, “Thank heavens for small favors,” meaning that compared with Pakistan, “Iraq looks pretty good.”  Talk about lowered expectations. 

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By railcoop, November 12, 2007 at 3:22 am Link to this comment
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What seems to be becoming more and more and increasingly clear is that General Pervezz Musharraf is an unwitting tool who has fallen into the ‘trap’ of the US. What seems to further come out from the views of many commentators to this article is that there is some form of sympathy for Musharraf; suspicion of Mrs Bhuuto being a remodelled robot of the US who would now do the bidding of the US whilst she and her ‘troop’ loot and pillage the Nation and, the silent hope that when all this ends or never ends and the symphony goes on that Musharraf will be ‘spared’ the agony of the other dictators who served the interests of the US whilst they were useful during their terms in office.

Bhutto; Nawaz Shariff and the lot who endeavour to rule Pakistan generally come from the chieftains of fiefdoms. The feudal system has not gone away from Pakistan. The serfs are still there. hence the Military like in countries like Burma; Thailand; Sri Lanka etc are a necessary part of the Eveil to keep those in power to continue to be in power. In all these countries including Chima the Army has a great stake in the business and equity of the countries concerned through various ill disguised schemes. Ill gotten gains from these ‘investments’ are used to keep the Generals and their subordinates well looked after not only whilst in service but even after retirement. In certain countries in South East Asia the army chieftains are given land; gratuities; Titles like in good old England where a Sir or Lordship carries great ‘honour’ and, plum Directorships in Government linked companies notwithstanding as foreign ambassadorial posting. All thse are expected buy loyalty and keep the ‘serfs’ from rocking the boat. Musharraf is part of this great game. That is why the decent blokes keep out of politics and do not have to pray to God every night for forgiveness for the lies they had told the whole day.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 11, 2007 at 11:14 pm Link to this comment

#112668 by rowdy on 11/09 at 8:45 pm: “...for my personal amusement and i never take myself seriously. thermonuclear holocaust. it would be glorious….”

Yes, it really will be glorious for the religious fools in INDIA who want to re-enact the ancient Mahabharata tale of a final conflict of annihilation. They will be only too happy to instantly oblige if Pakistan WMD’s fall into the hands of extremists!!!

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By rowdy, November 9, 2007 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment

do any of you fools ever get tired of hearing your own pointless rhetoric? do you never get tired of referring to your tedious little blogs,or creating links to the tiresome blogs posted by others with diarrhea of the keyboard? i read this shit for fun. my comments are for my personal amusement and i never take myself seriously. thermonuclear holocaust. it would be glorious.

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By Louise, November 9, 2007 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

Our Man in Pakistan

GREAT IDEA!

Lets put him in a dydee, wrap him in a straight jacket, hang a tag around his neck [do NOT return to sender] and ship him out on the next “secret” CIA flight!

Oh ...

you’re talking about Musharraf.
[darn]

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By PARAMASVARAN Kandiah, November 9, 2007 at 2:13 am Link to this comment
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President General Musharraf is a much more kinder General than one of his predecessors - General Zia Ul Hag. Zia hanged his predecessor President Ali Bhutto.  Thereafter, Zia’s ‘loyal’ men blew him up into smitherens. One wonders if they ever found any piece of his flesh or bones for his burial on ‘hallowed’ grounds.

President Musharraf may be a patriot and a lover of his land and his people and has the sincere desire to propel the Nation into the 21st Century. But fortune and the politics of the US are apparently not in his favour at this point of time - in real terms. Musharraf may not be a fool not to know that when the time comes that he will be dropped like a ton of hot bricks by the USA which is famous for this naughty habit. Many who were supported by the US in the past are languishing in jails - if they are lucky enough - whilst others have met with much more cruel fates that none of us would like to face.
It is GREED that makes men to swerve towards the US and it is that self same GREED that swallows them up in the end.

Musharraf must be a decent man in the overall scheme of things. Let us hope that he does not end up at the end of the rope or get blown up. Let us also hope that the US and, those who manipulate the leaders of the US from hidden corners,  do not let Musharraf end up like so many who were compelled to become dictators to serve the interests of the US.

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By A Khokar, November 9, 2007 at 1:04 am Link to this comment

You too Mr Rober Scheer?...I am surprised.

By hook or crook Pakistan was able to acquire the nuclear technology and as per Mr. Rober Scheer’s information; Pakistan possesses some 70 nukes pieces as well as airplanes and missiles to deliver them. Sheer’s statement also carries a satirical and cutting remark about Abdul Qadeer Khan- the father of Pakistan Nuke.

Why after all, denial of knowledge and restriction of any access to technology in the Arab world in general and suppression of Muslim youth in particular by way of their subjugation and a schematic inhalation (i.e. labelling them terrorists/extremist) seem to be the order of the day.

On the other hand US lead forces are desperately consolidating their harbouring haven in Iraq at all costs. They are very anxious to mark it a sure success to attain an impetus for further expansions and advances in other enclaves like Iran and beyond; (cost of this war theatre runs in hundreds of billion of dollars, being spent yearly plus armed forces fatality now running in thousands).

Pakistan may be the future target of US lead forces to occupy and quell the potential of nuclear resistance offered by Pakistan and (later on) also form a formidable defence line there to check the advances of future adversaries like Russia, China and India toward Middle East to control it.

While desperately trying to consolidate its positions in Middle East and to act as masters of future in the area; US need to have very cool thinking.

But Questions arise:-

* Do we still believe living a colonial era life of subjugation?

*Do we really believe that research in technology and acquiring of knowledge can be denied and restricted in this ‘21st century, to any one or—especially to the awakened youth in Muslim world, who are sitting on the mountains of wealth and with the world critical economic resources at their disposal?

Who has ever been able to harness the winds?
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By Bryan Blutenhalbmond, November 8, 2007 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment
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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!
LET IT BE KNOWN TO ALL AND PLEASE REMEMBER ONCE AND FOREVER: THE TALIBAN NEVER FOUGHT THE RUSSIANS! REPEAT: THE TALIBAN NEVER FOUGHT THE RUSSIANS! OKAY? GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. THEY WERE KIDS WHEN THE RUSSIANS WERE THROWN OUT.

THEY ONLY GOT INTO AFGHANISTAN AS KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOUR AROUND MID 1990’S TO SAVE THE COUNTRY FROM THE CIVIL WAR AND THE WAR LORDS DEPREDATIONS.

I HOPE I DO NOT HAVE TO INFORM YOU OF THIS AGAIN.

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By waxman, November 8, 2007 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment

SEND DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER TO PAKISTAN…THAT WILL GET HIM OFF TV HERE…

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By NABNYC, November 8, 2007 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment

Good title.  Our Man in Havana, by Graham Greene.  A man is recruited to be a “spy” for a western country, and ends up feeding the westerners big stories because they keep giving him money.

What the U.S. is doing in the middle east, supported mostly by England, and now by that new neocon in France Sarkosky, is the same thing Europe did to Africa:  invade, attack, colonize, install a puppet government, get the puppet to sign an agreement allowing Europe to steal all the resources in exchange for paying a few bribes to the puppets.  When the resources are exhausted the people are left to consume everything that remains in the country, every plant, every tree, every water source polluted by European business, left to starve and to die. 

England started it in Iran in 1901, getting a corrupt politician to sign an agreement saying that England owned all of Iran’s oil subject to paying a pittance to the corrupt government.  When the people of Iran elected a new prime minister in 1951, and he nationalized the oil, England and the U.S. staged a coup, overthrew the democratic government, and put into power a puppet we know as the Shah of Iran.  Nothing new there.

The people in the middle east have seen nothing from the western world except lies, deceit, murder, theft.  Is it really so odd that the religious fanatics take control when there is no other rational course made available to the people?  Bin laden, the Taliban, would not likely succeed in getting support if the people of the middle east had been helped by the west instead of plundered. 

It is, as Malcolm X famously said, a case of the chickens come home to roost.

Musharaff will be replaced by another U.S. puppet, but soon Pakistan will be ruled by more religious fanatics.  Then the royal family aka the mob in Saudi Arabia will be overthrown, and some other group of fanatics will take over that country.

It’s all so predictable.

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By Priyaranjan, November 8, 2007 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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Musharraf’s main objective was to get rid of the supreme court’s sitting justices. Many thought that the court would overturn the election by finding Musharraf’s canidacy illegal. Unfortunately Mush and bush did not have any other option. the rest is charade.

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By John Borowski, November 8, 2007 at 8:28 am Link to this comment
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One thing for some strange reason that most people don’t understand is that yes we want freedom democracies, but only for the bad guys.  74

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By Verne Arnold, November 8, 2007 at 7:14 am Link to this comment

#112309 by A Khokar on 11/08 at 6:08 am
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Such an elegant response.

Peace

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By A Khokar, November 8, 2007 at 7:08 am Link to this comment

Douglas Chalmers and friends,

We need to be good ‘humming birds’ to sip the sweet nectar on offer in flowers.

We all know that Taliban of Afghanistan has their history, the way they came into being under US plan and we all know well that how their lower formation, called ‘Mujahideen’ fought a successful Afghan war for US to oust Soviet Union. That phase is over but these hirelings warriors are still keeping their, an ‘elephant like grudge’ that how badly; they were treated by USA at the end. They carry a bitter vengeance against US for that. They happen to be ferocious and brutal people. In order to take revenge (when ever they decide, then they don’t dither); they keep that very close to their heart and live by that till the end.

Taliban in Afghanistan and their some remnants in Pakistan might be found believing in the very boorish orthodoxy of their religion (which are not Isalmic teachings in any way)but certainly they have their rehabilitation problem which is the result of a mass displacement occurred due to Afghan war. This need to be addressed and sorted out which can be easily done through dialogues and negotiation with this lot at lower levels. They need shelters over their heads and reasonable jobs to go by with their daily lives to keep their honour in tact and not the US bombardment from above…They need help. We have broken it when we be frieded them; so we ought to fix it now. 

One can very much appreciate US desperation that they want to bring this entire Middle East (for obvious reasons) into their fold…as soon as possible; before this that Russia once again awakes and starts bringing this area into their grip. (Many a signs are already visible)

USA is a super power and has become a most powerful nation on this ‘poor planet’. Any one will be ready to accept USA as a good friend but certainly not as a master. US failures are evident all over in Middle East, which is the out come of its ill-sighted policies. There is no wisdom at display. US carry a policy of extermination of any one; who so ever resist walking along down the road as per their wishes; may it be their friend or a foe. This is an inherent dilemma of US policies and their earned credibility in South East Asia. Americans are seen a cruel and thought less people. Why after all a flower be destroyed all together in order to avail, just a sip of its sweet nectar; when you can be… a good ‘humming bird’ and enjoy the sweetness as well as fragrance …time and again and for many more seasons to come.


Israel in the Middle East is a litmus test case of US policies in the Middle East (stretched over a long period of time). With all its powers and articulations; US has not been able to bring about any kind of ‘peace or security’ for its own honey bun…Israel in a tiny piece of land…Israel.
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By Verne Arnold, November 8, 2007 at 6:43 am Link to this comment

#112278 by A Khokar on 11/08 at 3:21 am
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Al-Qaeda is a tool and lynch pin of US dream policy.

Mr. Khokar,
You have essentially pin-pointed the reality of this administration.  I for one do not see an immediate solution as long as our corrupt administration continues in power and I fear the next one will not be better.  It is better I think, if every nation learns from the past 7 years and acts accordingly:  Beware the hegemony of the U.S. 
I am very happy you signed,
“Love for all, Hatred for none”; as this is my fervant hope as well.
Peace

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By Verne Arnold, November 8, 2007 at 6:27 am Link to this comment

Ah, the other shoe drops. 
On NPR an aide of Musharraf’s, “Ahmed Raza Kasuri, senior legal adviser to Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf, tells Michele Norris that the extraordinary steps Musharraf has recently taken are no different than what the U.S. did after the Sept. 11 attacks. He says they are necessary to bring peace to the country”.

Americans should be proud; President Musharraf is using the U.S. as a model for his behavior in Pakistan!  Wow, isn’t that terrific?

When oh when are “you” the citizenry going to wake up?  Never I fear, which begs the question:  Why should I give a shit if you don’t?

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 8, 2007 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

#112278 by A Khokar on 11/08 at 3:21 am: “...Al-Qaeda is a tool and lynch pin of US dream policy…... George W Bush and his Neocons are in love with this scheme of Al-Qaeda. They are pinning all their hopes on this Myth….”

Like the world’s orthodox religions who preached god AND the devil. The created a black + white world in which you must always run from one to the other - only to be captured and enslaved by the church.

“Love for all, Hatred for none” is truly the best way, AK, but so many preciously want to reserve that option to suit themselves - so they are always led astray at the moment of choice…...

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By A Khokar, November 8, 2007 at 4:21 am Link to this comment

Al-Qaeda is a tool and lynch pin of US dream policy.

Respected Mr Scheer;

Let’s put the facts straight and let’s allow the truth to surface above the humdrum of Emergency rhetoric in Pakistan and real cause behind the spread of anarchy in the south East Asia is known. It is worth mentioning time and again that in order to contemplate US hegemonic ambitions of ‘American Empire’ dreams; NeoCons very skilfully evolved a special policy to mark 21st century their ‘New American Century. This plan revolves now around a myth of Al-Qaeda. To depict Al-Qaeda a monster of terror and through a scheme of fallacy and deception so called Al-Qaeda operatives be declared enemy of humanity. Once this fallacy is spread in the world and rhetoric of terror becomes a part our daily life; a universal war can easily be launched. Matter of the fact is that George W Bush and his Neocons are in love with this scheme of Al-Qaeda. They are pinning all their hopes on this Myth.

After due deliberations, a ‘Global war against terrorism’ is already on. Its scope is so vast and far stretched that any person, any organisation or a country on this planet earth can be declared a suspect terrorist and be exterminated. We have also witnessed that any untoward incident of violence happening in the marked theatre of US operations… are simply linked to Al-Qaeda. Over a short period of time, this false and phoney myth of Al-Qaeda rhetoric has been repeated so many times that this stark lie is now seen and termed as true and real. Credit goes to the policy makers and its successful executioners.

A grand American onslaught is on in Middle East and sovereign countries are being invaded, occupied and turned into US mega bases. After due consolidation of these bases; they are made as bounds to serve for further advances. A befitting example of Iraq is there, where this country was invaded and now huge bases are developed and forces are ready to launch from these bases, for their further attacks; yet another sovereign country…Iran.

The beauty of this scheme is that many countries are coerced to join US to form a coalition and to make it sure that it is seen as an international show. Some of the countries like Pakistan are also engaged to act as proxy and be a front state of this operation; to intentionaly sqeez and stir the crippled Taliban remnant on Pak-Afghan border to retaliate so that Al-Qaeda is seen live and kicking and war against terrorism is justified. Huge sums are being pelted at the doors of this front state and her agents to do this.

This Al-Qaeda has become a tool and a lynch pin of Neocons dream policy. US has the craze to see it as an omnipotent force, an imaginary, invisible enemy; servitude of US, designed to present itself as ‘fore runners’ to act as enemy to facilitate subsequent planned attacks of…US adventurism.

This US adventurism is there to stay till such time that some other force emerges to counter this sole super power.
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By Nabih Ammari, November 8, 2007 at 2:46 am Link to this comment
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To:112182 by EndAllWars on 11/07 at 2:47 pm

you have overlooked to include in your lists of known
dictators the Chilean dictator by the name of Augusto
Pinochet who passed away recently before the end of his
trial.

The following is from Google:

“On 11 September 1973 Augusto Pinochet,the Commander-
-in Chief of the army since 22 August 1973 leads,with the support of the USA,a military coup d’Etat which
overthrow the democratically elected government of the socialist Salvador Allende.Pinochet becomes self-
appointed president of Chile which is very repressive
towards political opponents.The regime ends in 1990
but Pinochet remains Commander-in-Chief.”

More from Google:

“An official report states that 3179 people were killed and 967 disappeared during 17 years of Pinochet’s presidency.”

Sounds familiar???

Sincerely,
Nabih Ammari
An Independent in Ohio.

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By Bryan Blutenhalbmond, November 7, 2007 at 11:15 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Robert Scheer is a good man and knows a lot about a lot of things—but of Pakistan he obviously knows little or nothing. Its all very nice to condemn a “dictator” completely ignoring the fact that this “dictator” fished the country out of a financial crisis caused by outlandish corruption of the previouas two democratically elected governments, that this “dictator” has been in personal dealings a very honest man and until his recent military operations in the North West Frontier (under US demands), against the Pakistani citizens themselves, was a very popular president.

He is now between a rock and a very hard place—USA on one side and a his population (angry at his succumbing to US pressure) on the other. As for Miss Miss Bhutto’s pulse on the electorate? well, she recently remarked that she will allow the US trops to operate in Pakistan. This statement is as suicidal in Pakistani elections as it is for an American politician to say that Palestinans have basic human rights, or that they should be treated humanely. He/she will go down in an inglorious defeat. 

Those of you who haven’t yet, i urge you to read the posting above: No 112076 by Mehreen Khaskheli on 11/07 at 4:58 am. She knows what she speaks of.

By the way, the Taliban did not fight the Russians. They were too young for that. They were growing up in refugee camps while their fathers and older brothers were doing the fighting. A minor matter perhaps, but significant for those who want to speak seriously on the subject.

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By Kevin James, November 7, 2007 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment
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How comical that now anyone fighting against the US hegemony or its proxy dictators is a terrorists and everyone in US as well as the so called Left including Scheer and the people on this board have bought into it. Another check on the list of things to do for Bush and Co!

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By PatrickHenry, November 7, 2007 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment

This is a Pakistani internal issue, time for Bush to mind his own business instead of backing a loser once again.  All he will do is piss off another group of people against the U.S.

Time to get out of Iraq, Afghanistan and all other mideast countries and send the fleet home.

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By EndAllWars, November 7, 2007 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment
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Why is it that wherever a dictator lurks, our government either:

1- is fully supporting him
2- has had them them on their payroll
3- had a hand in bringing them to power, directly or indirectly, by design or by blowback?

That includes but isn’t limited to:

- Musharraf
- The entireleadership of Arab countries
- Saddam (rotting in hell, dreaming about a comeback)
- Mugabe
- Noriega
- Ben Laden

From a more recent past:
- Somoza
- Marcos
- Shah of Iran
- Duvalier

More distant past
- Generalismo Francisco Franco
- Batista

You are only as good as the crowd you associate with.

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By sraw, November 7, 2007 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment
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The tragedy in Pakistan is that no leader including Musharraf has been able to rein in the backward and hyperaggresive Pashtun tribes in the northwest who have spresd their medeival mind set to the rest of the country.60 years after the British left that area is still called Northwest Frontier Province and Federally adminitered tribal area(FATA).The reality is that Pakistan need to disentangle itself and give up control to the local Pashtuns(Pakhtunistan) or let that area merge with Afghanistan.Else it will increasingly become less a nation and more a farce.

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By A Khokar, November 7, 2007 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

Implanting yet another proxy
Benazir Bhutto is known as the most corrupt and self centric leader in Pakistan and in Europe. She certainly bears no love for Pakistan.
Yes; she now returns to Pakistan under a guaranteed US protection umbrella and once again; will leave this country after plundering and looting.

A state of the art robot duly rebuilt in US to deliver US agenda and facilitate US hegemony in this area. We all know that Saddam Hussein was a loyal US ally who can be graded as second to none in the line of his duty being a proxy. He fought for, a long 8 years war of attrition against Iran. Millions were made to perish in, both Iran and Iraq. We also know that how he met his fate. Musharraf in Pakistan is another proxy who upheld US given agenda of; ‘US global war on terror’. He is also being declared now as a spent cartridge and supposed to be ditched by implanting yet another proxy; Benazir Bhutto.

Pervaz Musharraf was under instruction from US to prepare the grounds to receive Miss Bhutto and smooth out the process for her take over. He was also dictated to find an exit for himself. For his show of loyality; as a first step; he wanted to terminate the blatant and defiant Supreme Court Chief Judge, Iftikhar Muhammad Choudry and to replace him with a judge of his own choice; so that his subsequent actions are not challenged. But some how this move of his became too obvious and whole plan went awry. It stirred all the Bar Councils of the country and amid a country wide bloody protest of advocates; the Supreme Court Chief Judge was reinstated.

Now Musharraf was pressed for time that the present parliaments as well as his presidency tenure were to end by 15th of November; above has severely disturbed the planned time scale of the events and all the following action following from here are the actions of a desperate man.  May it be the ‘reconciliation order’ to wipe of Miss Bhutto corruption charges and to facilitate a ‘vouched safe’ return for her to Pakistan or Musharraf own election debacle as president for next five years which Supreme Court had challenged the very validity of his candidacy as a military man. This all is culminated now at the promulgation of Emergency Order (to terminate the Judges of Supreme Court.)

He has been a good fighter and he may survive all this but his fatality this time is for sure because; ‘no body runs for ever’.

God save the destitute and poor Muslim inhabitants of this ill fated land of South East Asia. This bunch of proxies (dictators)in the area; if they only know that their ‘loyalty’ to US carries a peculiar tag! They will (always) find themselves abandoned and dishonoured by US when ever they some how, start sliding down the top of their curves?

In turn; they loose their rein as well as their country (like Saddam Hussein.) They are disgraced at the hands of US and surely; Gallows are their…waiting at the end.
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By MHealy, November 7, 2007 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment
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Bush couldn’t care less what form of government Musharraf imposes, his only fear is that this could cause a revolt which removes him from power. He could murder people in the street as long as he keeps the power.

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By jatihoon, November 7, 2007 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment

There is Mush behind the Bush. Time for Bush to give Mush a Push.

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By jatihoon, November 7, 2007 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

There is Mush behind the Bush.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 7, 2007 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

Quote: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - “When a large group of eminent U.S. foreign policy experts was asked this summer to name the country most likely to transfer nuclear technology to terrorists in the next three to five years, Pakistan was the top choice….

A whopping 74 percent of the experts, from across the political spectrum, opted for Pakistan. Iran came a distant fourth. Asked which country they thought most likely to become al Qaeda’s next stronghold, the experts also put Pakistan at the top of their list. Iran rated no mention….

Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is estimated at between 30 and 80 bombs and missiles. Osama bin Laden is thought to hide out in Pakistan’s northwestern mountains, a base of operations for the Taliban and al Qaeda….

“A Perfect Nightmare,” said the headline in Foreign Policy magazine which had teamed up with the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank, to survey 108 foreign policy professionals, including two former secretaries of state and a national security adviser, on threats to the United States….

That nightmare may become reality…....” http://www.reuters.com/article/reutersComService4/idUSL0755200720071107?sp=true

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By Jason, November 7, 2007 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment
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I find it hard to believe that Pakistan’s tribal regions are more hospitable now to terrorists than ever before.  Which previous Pakistani or Afghani government was making it inhospitable?  Could it be that terrorist networks didn’t exist before to the extent that they do now, and this region is their safe haven because it is almost entirely ungoverned…as it has always been.

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By lilmamzer, November 7, 2007 at 11:18 am Link to this comment

Musharraf is clearly a Zionist puppet. 60 million angry Muslims with an arsenal of nuclear weapons requires Zionist manipulation of Pakistan’s government.

So frickin’ obvious.

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By lilmamzer, November 7, 2007 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

Isn’t it obvious?

Musharraf is a Zionist stooge.

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By Sharon Ash, November 7, 2007 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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Well, certainly no one can accuse us of not being the best at supporting the worst and spending the most in the process.  I think it is time to hum a few bars of “I am proud to be an American”.

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By kevin, November 7, 2007 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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C’mon folks! Let Bush give his guy in Pakistan a chance to blatantly rule as a Dictator so when Bush declares marshall law in the U.S., no one’e feeling will be hurt.

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By Rogelio, November 7, 2007 at 8:40 am Link to this comment

The major news networks keep arguing that the U.S. needs Musharraf in power because democracy is vital to the region. Once again, he all of this bs about democracy. Our so-called purorted democracy has supported dicators, kings, murderers, yet once these direlcts abuse their power or a popular uprising threatens their supremecy, then our government uses they “old democracy” card.

Simply stated, the Pakistani’s are tired of Musharraf and his buddy Bush. It is the usual anti-American sentiment.

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By robert baruch, November 7, 2007 at 8:07 am Link to this comment
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The military dictator of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, has imposed martial law and suspended the constitution in that country. Communications have been restricted and closely monitored. The media has been censored. Political rivals and other opponents of this brutal regime are being beaten, arrested, and detained. No criminal charges have been filed.

These actions are necessary, according to General Musharraf, to stem the tide of Islamic extremism and in the name of national security. The Bush administration feigns “disappointment” and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meekly pleads for a “return to democracy.”

Why is everyone being so hard on this pillar of civil liberties, human rights, and democratic values?
It seems as though General Musharraf, unlike members of the U.S. Congress, has actually read our Patriot Act.

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By Paul_GA, November 7, 2007 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

“Isolationism” (actually, Founder-style neutralism) is looking better all the time.

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with ALL nations; entangling alliances with NONE.”—Thomas Jefferson

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By Mehreen Khaskheli, November 7, 2007 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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You have to understand that if Pakistani’s near the border are ethnically linked to the Afghani Taliban and obviously will support their own kin. These taliban were not much of threat till the Americans decided to train them so they could stick it to the Soviets and then left them high and dry to fend for themselves. Pakistan had to support the influx of refugees and the thanks they get is terrorism within its borders. It is geographically extremely difficult to find all the terrorists and the rest of the world with its GI-Joe mentality thinks that Pakistan can do more and stop the terrorists. that is a simplistic view and the US has to understand that its war on terror cannot be eradicated.I’ll have as a leader Musharraf over the “democratically” elected and corrupt Bhutto any day. If they have elections in Pakistan know and the US doesn’t like the new leader what will they do and what could that do fight against terror? Obviously as long as US interests are met everything is ok.

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By railcoop, November 7, 2007 at 2:41 am Link to this comment
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Pakistan has been on the brink of break up too many times. Prsident Zia Ul Haq was blown to bits by his own men. So what is there to prevent someone in the Armed services or airline related services from down the ladder sceming a blow up of Bush’s good friend Musharraf? Or what is there to prevent the multitude of enemies that Musharraf has scheming an “accident” or blow up scheme. Musharraf today must be in the position of MacBeth in Shakespeare - ” Between the acting of a dreadful thing and the first motion ......  inserruction.”

A long time go - about the year 1947 - a seer apparently predicted that Pakistan will one day break up into its constituent states which today make up that country of different ethnic groups with all pulling in different directions. That is why Islamic regime use the religion to keep their minions under rigorous control. Let us wait and see.

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By writeon, November 7, 2007 at 2:06 am Link to this comment
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What’s disturbing is why we continue, over and over again to support military dictatorships which are so unpopular with their own people? These regimes are unstable and build-up stresses and strains that eventually lead to a uncontrolable explosion, and the virtual total destruction of US influence - look at Iran for an example of how badly US tactics can backfire.

Make no mistake, we’re pushing Pakistan, a country with a substantial nuclear capability, towards civil war. How sensible is this? Are we then going to go into Pakistan and neutralize their nukes? Do we bomb their nuclear facilities at the same time as we attack Iran’s, killing two birds with one stone?

About fifteen million people live in the Parkistani city of Karachi, are we going to occupy Karachi and hunt militants there as well?

A final question, are our leaders so close to insane as makes no difference?

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 7, 2007 at 12:28 am Link to this comment

This is all a bit naive. The USA wanted someone (Pakistan) to nurture the Taleban to fight the Russians in Afghanistan. More recently, the US bombing of Afghanistan was to annihilate the very Taleban who the USA had trained and equipped as they were no longer ‘useful’ and had become politically ‘inconvenient’.

“Condi Rice is on the phone….. lowered expectations…” but they eat rice in Pakistan every day!?!? Now Condi will try to foment a war between Pakistan and Iran, ha ha. Meanwhile, India is watching - and waiting!

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