December 28, 2007

Ali Eteraz on Pakistan

I’m not sure I agree with my friend Ali Eteraz’s policy recommendations at Pajamas Media for the United States and Pakistan, but he knows a lot more about that country than I do (he’s from there, and lives now in Las Vegas) and his piece is informative and well worth reading regardless.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at December 28, 2007 01:34 PM

I agree that an international investigation would be a good idea, but the suggestion that the US should:

"openly dump Musharraf and pull itself out of any semblance of involvement in Pakistan’s internal political affairs"

..would put the world in more danger, not less, since we are, as reported in the New York Times, "secretly" aiding Pakistan in guarding their nuclear arms.

Secret, of course, is a relative term. If Ali meant "openly" in the same way, it could be a good idea.

Posted by: mary at December 29, 2007 07:09 AM

oops - I wrote that up too fast. What I meant to say was - the term "secretly guarding" as used in the New York Times is, of course, a relative term. If Ali meant the the US should "'openly' remove itself from Pakistan's affairs" in the same way, this could be a good idea.

Posted by: mary at December 29, 2007 07:52 AM

Does it not strike anyone else as being totally ridiculous that Butto's political party is naming her 19-year old son as her successor, and head of the party? That is really pathetic, and the sign of a very troubled 'democracy.'

Posted by: Meg at December 29, 2007 02:51 PM
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