Saturday, November 03, 2007

Musharraf Holds On As Pakistan Slides Toward The Abyss

While most Americans are enjoying a beautiful weekend, in Pakistan civil unrest and violence continues as President Pervez Musharraf tries, once again, to keep his country from falling into full fledged civil war. For years, there has been unrest in Pakistan as religious extremist have flooded into some parts of that country because of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. More than likely, 'America's Most Wanted' man Osama bin Laden is hiding out somewhere in Pakistan was well. While President Musharraf is a good friend to the United States and his help, especially in allowing U.S. military planes to fly over his country after September 11th, has been very valuable to our war efforts in Afghanistan.

That said, there is unrest everywhere in Pakistan and in an ongoing effort to keep the top from popping off this ever expanding bottle, President Musharraf today declared 'Marshall Law' in Pakistan. You might be asking yourself why you should I care about what happens in Pakistan? You should care because without Pakistan's assistance, the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan would be severely damaged and Pakistan does have an fairly large arsenal of nuclear weapons that could fall into the hands of terrorist if President Musharraf's government does eventually fall.

While President Musharraf is a good friend to the United States, it is important to remember that he is the President of Pakistan because he removed the previous leader in a coup, not because he was freely elected by the Pakistani people. For as long as I can remember there has been tremendous unrest in Pakistan, but I can't remember a time when it was worse than today. While it is most definitely not in the best interest of the United States, President Musharraf's days as Pakistan's leader are numbered and depending on who succeeds him, the United States could be in a big mess once all the dust settles in this volatile country.

Read more about Pakistan:

Father Kills Three (3) Daughters In Pakistan Honor Killing
Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 40,000 - Pakistan/India
Help Is On The Way After India/Pakistan Earthquake

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