That is the message that our leading ally in the Waronterra sent over the weekend when he placed his country under military rule.
He threw the constitutional powers in his nation in order to curb extremism. He said he had to suspend the courts because of *judicial activism*. (Does that phrase sound familiar?)
He is delaying the January elections in his country for at least a year. He pulled off the air all independent media.
He made it against the law to speak ill of him or his leaders. He has had arrested many of the leaders of the opposition parties.
Lawyers are being beaten by Pakastani police and hundreds have been arrested for voicing dissent.
All day long yesterday I walked around stunned at the collassal problem this poses for not just Pakastanis, but for the entire world. I thought about the fact that America uses Pakastani airspace to enter Afghanistan. I thought about the fact that Pakastan has a nuclear weapon. I thought about the saber rattling in Washington over Iran. I realized that what Pakistan has done to it's nation is the very thing that Bush has been worried about in Iran... and this
is our ally.
My biggest concern right now is that our
leader will take from this that democracy does not work. For him, this may be the very proof he needs. After all, we already have SO many parallels in Pakistan here in America, especially when you head the warnings given to us in her article, Fascist America, In 10 Easy Steps.....
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. Create a gulag
3. Develop a thug caste
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
5. Harass citizens' groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
7. Target key individuals
8. Control the press
9. Dissent equals treason
10. Suspend the rule of law....
So today, pay close attention to how and what our leaders in Washington say and do. And pray that in Pakistan democracy will overcome military rule.
I am concerned about these events in Pakistan when here in America we have a president that has done all or to some lessor extent of the above. IF dissent is suppressed and Musharref is allowed to continue with military rule with our American support due to the Waronterra , Then I must truly wonder what this administration thinks of when it says that America is a nation that supports freedom and liberty for it's people and all the people around the world
. It means we are in bed with the bad guys...
And for me the ends just do not justify the means.
:peace: and :heart: