From the NYT:
General Musharraf’s move to seize emergency powers and abandon the Constitution left Bush administration officials close to their nightmare: an American-backed military dictator who is risking civil instability in a country with nuclear weapons and an increasingly alienated public.
Then I see Condi Rice … :
even going so far as to credit him for doing “a lot” — in the past — toward preparing Pakistan for what she called a “path to democratic rule.”
And this is where it leads: martial law. It is difficult not to see this as foreshadowing of what will happen here, but that might just be the paranoia talking.
But seriously, this seemed to come out of left field, and it can’t be good.
Again, I find myself in the familiar, uncomfortable position of needing to study up on an Islamic nation of which I admittedly know very little.
UPDATE: I should have mentioned that And, as any Historian will tell you, Musharraf has taken the obvious next step.
Police across Pakistan are rounding up more opposition leaders and critics of President Pervez Musharraf, with reports of more than 1,500 arrested since Saturday. Police across Pakistan are rounding up more opposition leaders and critics of President Pervez Musharraf, with reports of more than 1,500 arrested since Saturday.
Watch closely as history unfolds. I bet a few readers can guess what will be happening next.