Wednesday, October 09, 2002

All things being equal (invasions aside) I'm still more worried about the danger to all of us from an unstable Pakistan than I am about Iraq.

From an article in last week's New York Review. In response to a question from one of a group of Pakistani bankers and businessmen about how he planned to control the rising violence and disorder in the country, [Musharraf] "took out his silver plated pistol and waved it in the air. 'This is how I protect myself.' "
A man behaves this way because he's trying to scare people while still needing their attention and approval. Such behavior bodes well neither for a democracy nor a dictatorship. It simply bodes a messy end. Saddam Hussein has never been so stupid.

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