Monday, April 02, 2007
This is an interesting piece about socio-political trends in that extremely important country of Pakistan. The picture included here and in the article is certainly something to consider. I found it hard to reconcile the beginning of the article with the conclusion that perhaps US interests would best be served by a democracy without Musharraf in Pakistan.
Sounds sort of like "Iraq would be more peaceful without Saddam." I'm not saying the two dictators are of the same cloth, but recent history may be proving to us that democracies don't necessarily work everywhere. Then again, the neighboring Indians run a (relatively) peaceful democracy. So, it's a gamble that I would like to get an Indian point-of-view on...is Pakistan likely to be a more peaceful neighbor with or without a strong-armed dictator? And would they stay a democracy, or would they succumb to Islamic theocracy?
Sir Chuck, wondering out loud