Monday, November 05, 2007

Lawyers, Guns, and Pakistan

Not exactly the kind of material that makes for a good Warren Zevon song, but such was the scene in Pakistan earlier today. Decimating the Supreme Court in that country is something that hasn't gone over too well, with that nation's law lobby.

As I said in my earlier post, this is a difficult foreign policy problem for the U.S. and all others that recognize there is a war against those that seek to export jihad. There is no magical solution.

Here are some articles from various news outlets on this crisis:

The London Times

National Review Online

Wall Street Journal

USA Today

International Herald-Tribune

As you can see, there's a wide variety of opinions and angles that the media is forming on this situation. Not being an expert on Pakistan, it's always difficult to form a judgment on the way things are being handled and playing out. But, as time ticks on, all we can hope for is a reasonable solution that will return the Pakistanis back to the normal state of confusion, it has endured over the past few years.

One thing this does, it takes the international attention off of Iran (where it should be right now). As all eyes and ears turn toward Islamabad, Tehran is still working on a bomb and still threatening others in the process.

But on the other hand, there is one thing that could work to our advantage here. If this crisis lingers on for awhile, we could see foreign fighters that are now causing havoc in neighboring Afghanistan (and even Iraq) flock into Pakistan to fight the infidel Musharraf and his military. This would give us more time to secure the areas we now are committed to rebuilding.

4 comments:

Mustang said...

And here we have the perfect dilemma; a nation founded on democratic principles, paying an extraordinary sum of money to a military dictator, in order to keep radical Muslims from seizing power and creating an Islamofascist state, and then aiming a nuclear weapon stolen from western technology at a nation founded on democratic principles.

My, what tangled webs we weave. Could it be true that President Washington was right, all along?

LASunsett said...

//My, what tangled webs we weave. Could it be true that President Washington was right, all along?//

There is no doubt he was right. But the $1 million question is, how to we disentangle ourselves, now? Without allowing the collapse of decent civilization?

A.C. McCloud said...

Mustang, your excellent summation sums up the feeling I've had all day--it's as if the entire world has become a quagmire.

imsmall said...

LADDIE, IT ALWAYS WAS

Almost through every office, branch,
The government has now become
Excessive partisan, most staunch
In marching to a single drum.

Alas, diversity instead
Of party interest, has to reign
Or else democracy fall dead,
Some despot next come to contain.

Even unto the army: so
We have commissioned officers,
Have even Generals, you know,
As "realistic" yet rehearse

A solipsistic party line,
All other cause subordinate
To an agenda saturnine
Because resembling mostly hate.

The movement is quite opposite
That found in Pakistan today:
There judges, lawyers will not quit
Claiming impartiality.

Therefore a lockdown has occurred
And they are rounded up, and jailed,
Because the Ruler will have heard
Only his word, all else assailed;

While we here in America
Subvert, co-opt thought independent,
Spirit disinterested for Law,
None of impartial truth attendant,

But bending backwards everyone
To please the "powers that be" in charge,
Without consideration--none--
How tyranny but thus enlarge.

Worst is, all citizens applaud,
At least most vocal of the bunch,
While none else do protest the fraud,
But hang a placard, "out to lunch."

So Pakistan, beneath dictator
Boils freedom, like a jiggly lid
On kettle, while--praising creator--
Face of democracy we hid.

Soon tyranny may come to claim us,
It is willed by the common man,
Embracing patronage to shame us
Shorn aims egalitarian.

So it has been, so it shall be
Time out of mind: it always was
The ignorant majority
Revoked means democratic thus.