Friday, August 8, 2008


It is about time that the Pakistani elected government holds Gen. Pervez Musharraf to account for his violation of the Pakistani constitution. When Musharraf saw that the Supreme Court would not approve his bid to be both president and head of the army, he fired the justices and locked them up. He then sent out his police to beat up and arrest the lawyers who protested the gross violation of the rule of law.

And what position did the Bush administration take on this sorry affair? As you might guess, it told Musharraf to stand firm, not to re-instate the justices he illegally fired, and not to concede anything. Just what we would expect from the lawless regime in Washington.

Bush goes to the Olympics pretending to be the defender of the rule of law and rights for all. But we all know he is the worst offender. His cynical position on Pakistan and Musharraf just re-enforces his sorry record on civil rights and good government.

The sooner Musharraf is impeached and removed from office, the better will be democracy in Pakistan.

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