Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Emergency in Pakistan

Guess Pervez Musharraf is one desperate man. He is clinging to power like everything depends on how long he can be suspended over the cliff’s edge. Pakistan has again failed its people. An aborted election and, now, the emergency. An emergency has very unpleasant associations, especially in the sub-continent.

What I see are armed men guarding the roads and multitudes of people protesting on television. Common enough sights in an India wracked by the fever of emergency in the seventies; and which Pakistan is undergoing now. He justified his actions in a national address to the people of Pakistan, saying he was curbing a rise in extremism in Pakistan.

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