by The Other Katherine Harris
The Other Katherine Harris’s blog
Nov. 8, 2007
In the evolving classical music tradition of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, a raga takes selected historic motifs for a contemporary spin. Striving to evoke and sustain a mood, the melody returns often to a dominant note called a vadi and to a samvadi that receives secondary emphasis.
Let’s say the chosen mood is Fear — the vadi, External Enemies — the samvadi, Internal Enemies. The composition wouldn’t sound much different in Islamabad or Washington.
Pakistan’s Decider, General-President Pervez Musharraf, would have us endorse his ardor to subdue barbarians at the gates and vipers within the national nest who compromise this righteous enterprise — never mind that he’s rounding up peaceful fans of democracy, or that his suspension of civil law came after learning the Supreme Court would rule against extension of his term in office (as BBC News reported this morning).
The only reason for declaring a state of emergency there is that his jig is up, otherwise. But our Decider sees no cause to suspend lavishing $80 million of our tax dollars on the Musharraf tyranny every month — something like $9 billion since the 9/11 boondoggle began, most to fund the military dictator’s military machine.
What do you bet Shrub has been a very, very jealous boy lately? Besides Musharraf’s example, since he took the gloves off Saturday, the Burmese Generals have been on rampage for months and, just today, Mikhail Saakashvili got to decree emergency and loose riot police on pro-Moscow protestors in Georgia.
Having a Constitution still in place can’t be any fun for him, even if Shrub consistently violates it in every way short of imposing martial law and releasing the full menace of his toy soldiers. One has to wonder just how long he’ll bother to restrain himself, since our bought-and-paid-for Congress will do nothing to restrain him.
As he coos, “Take off your uniform,” to Musharraf — as if that’s all it would take to set things right — perhaps he sees himself wearing it.
Bush to Musharraf: Take Off Your Uniform
November 7, 2007