Written by Chris Floyd
Thursday, 09 August 2007
Our frozen friend, Winter Patriot, is on fire this week, weighing in on, among other things, the state of emergency now being mooted — and denied — in Pakistan. WP has been covering the seething cauldron in this pivotal nation more thoroughly than almost anyone else in the blogosphere, and brings his in-depth knowledge to the latest tremor in Pakistan’s quaking political landscape.
He takes special note of the powerful, well-placed extremist elements emerging from the chaos. The curse of Bush’s “friendship” has weakened Musharaff’s standing as a strong, independent leader in the eyes of his people, which in turn has forced him into increasingly hardline measures to bolster his faltering authority. As an unconstitutional military dictator, Musharaff has no institutional legitimacy as the ruler of Pakistan; everything depends on his personal stature, and the willingness of various powerful factions to acquiesce to his leadership. One by one, these factions, both religious and secular, are withdrawing that acquiescence, and Musharaff is watching his authority bleed away.
The result could be a nightmare scenario: a failed, extremist-riddled state with nuclear weapons. [Hmm, sounds a bit like a description of Bush’s America, doesn’t it?] Then again, what better way to ensure the continuation of the “War on Terror”? Islamic extremists with nuclear bombs? Smell the fear, baby. Or as they used to sing back in the Harding Adminstration, “My God, How the Money Rolls In!”
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