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November 3, 2007

State of Emergency in Pakistan

Filed under: Breaking News,President Bush — Psycheout @ 3:21 pm
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President MusharrafOur ally Pakistan is in a state of emergency today, as ordered by President Musharraf. I don’t really pay attention to political events in other countries, but apparently this has something to do with the President’s electoral victory last month. He seems to be having trouble with the activist Supreme Court which is trying to strip him of his Commander-in-Chief powers. So he shut them down. Good for him!

Perhaps this would be a good move for President Bush to emulate next year. If Giuliani or Romney become the Republican nominee and/or it appears that the Democrat nominee is going to steal the election, President Bush should just declare martial law (or a “state of emergency”) and say “Read my lips: not on my watch” and remain in office until a suitable successor can be found.

Giuliani or Romney Presidencies are unthinkable and a Democrat would mess up or surrender in the War on Terror. That would do inestimable damage to our republic. Therefore President Bush must step up and defend our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It’s the right thing to do.

I’d go into the situation in Pakistan more, but foreign politics is like cold lima beans. I just scrape them off the plate and into the garbage. All the better to make room for what’s really important. If you want to know more about what’s happening, turn on Fox News.

— Psycheout

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  1. Perhaps this would be a good move for President Bush to emulate next year. If Giuliani or Romney become the Republican nominee and/or it appears that the Democrat nominee is going to steal the election, President Bush should just declare martial law (or a “state of emergency”) and say “Read my lips: not on my watch” and remain in office until a suitable successor can be found.

    About two seconds after that speech you´d have either a second civil war or someone would actually do the right thing and either impeach or simply shoot Bush. Either way, all hell would break loose, doing more damage to the USA than any strategic retreat from the Middle East could ever do. SO BY ALL MEANS, DO IT!

    Actually it seems the Bush government is not too fond about this move of Mr. Musharraf, as Condi Rice and Adm. Fallon Warned him yesterday not to do that.
    U.S. Warns Musharraf Not to Use Martial Law

    “Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday sent a warning to Musharraf not to take authoritarian measures to hold on to power. “I think it would be quite obvious that the United States would not be supportive of extra-constitutional means,” Rice said. “Pakistan needs to prepare for and hold free and fair elections.””

    The supreme court btw is not ruling wether he won the election but rather if it was legal for him to run in the first place.

    Another nice piece:
    The biggest blow to Musharraf’s authority this year didn’t come from the Taliban, it came from his political standoff with the country’s chief justice, whom he dismissed on an apparently trumped-up corruption charge in an earlier bid to intimidate the Court — and saw it blow up in his face when mass protests were held and the Court reinstated the chief justice. I thought between that, the return of Benazir Bhutto from exile, and the disaffection within the Pakistani army at the campaign against the Taliban that Musharraf would have to keep his nose clean from now on. Instead he’s doubled down. And since he’s relying entirely now on the military for his authority, he’ll have to address that disaffection by scaling back the campaign in the tribal areas.

    Which would mean that all the money pumped into his military by a certain superpower would have been for naught.🙂

    Wow, seems like it´s even worse than thought:
    Yup, it’s a coup.

    The chief justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was removed from his job and placed under house arrest. Musharraf had suspended the judge earlier this year, but he was later reinstated.

    “This is a very fateful day for the country. Pakistan is in deep, deep crisis,” said Aitzaz Ahsan, Chaudhry’s attorney. “It is one man against the nation.” Ahsan said that he expected to be arrested later Saturday night…

    The declaration is expected to bring on a wave of extremist attacks that have roiled the country in recent months, with increasingly large swaths of territory falling under the sway of insurgents.

    Seems like we´re now officially dealing with a rogue dictator.

    And it goes on. (You´ll really like that, Psycheout)
    Pakistan is considering enforcement of Islamic laws in Pakistan’s north-western Swat valley to meet the demands of pro-Taliban militants who briefly seized and then released around 100 security personnel after nine days’ fierce fighting that left more than 200 people dead. “The government is considering the implementation of Sharia law in the view of the demands of the local people,” said Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai, governor of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) in which the valley is situated…

    Earlier, the rebels surrounded and disarmed 48 paramilitary soldiers on Thursday, who were released again Friday.

    “We did not want to fight these Muslim brothers (militants) who are striving for the enforcement of Islamic sharia (law),” a captive told reporters before the release.

    Update: High drama in Karachi. Bhutto’s just arrived, having flown back from Dubai. Minor problem, though:

    Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was sitting on a plane at Karachi airport Saturday following a decision by the government to impose a state of emergency, her spokesman said, as paramilitary troops started deploying in front of her house.

    «She is waiting to see if she is going to be arrested or deported,» Wajid Hasan said after speaking to the former Pakistani prime minister by telephone from London.

    Yeah, you read right, he´s surrendering the tribal areas to the Taliban.

    All in all, I´d call this the news of the week. A military coup in a country posessing nuclear weaponry.

    Comment by PG — November 3, 2007 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  2. Another nice one:
    Musharraf defies Bush, snubs Rice

    [Ed Note: Of course India hates Pakistan, so I wouldn’t be surprised by negative coverage.]

    Comment by PG — November 3, 2007 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

  3. Hey, parts of my 1st post were supposed to be bold. What happened???😦

    [Ed Note: Here’s how you do bold: <b>bold</b>. If you want to try it again, I’ll replace your old comment with your retake and erase this comment. Good luck!]

    Comment by PG — November 3, 2007 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

  4. [Ed Note: Here’s how you do bold: bold. If you want to try it again, I’ll replace your old comment with your retake and erase this comment. Good luck!]

    *Homer Simpson voice* DOH!
    I typed ! *headdesk*.

    Here it is again:

    Perhaps this would be a good move for President Bush to emulate next year. If Giuliani or Romney become the Republican nominee and/or it appears that the Democrat nominee is going to steal the election, President Bush should just declare martial law (or a “state of emergency”) and say “Read my lips: not on my watch” and remain in office until a suitable successor can be found.

    About two seconds after that speech you´d have either a second civil war or someone would actually do the right thing and either impeach or simply shoot Bush. Either way, all hell would break loose, doing more damage to the USA than any strategic retreat from the Middle East could ever do. SO BY ALL MEANS, DO IT!

    Actually it seems the Bush government is not too fond about this move of Mr. Musharraf, as Condi Rice and Adm. Fallon Warned him yesterday not to do that.
    U.S. Warns Musharraf Not to Use Martial Law

    “Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday sent a warning to Musharraf not to take authoritarian measures to hold on to power. “I think it would be quite obvious that the United States would not be supportive of extra-constitutional means,” Rice said. “Pakistan needs to prepare for and hold free and fair elections.””

    The supreme court btw is not ruling wether he won the election but rather if it was legal for him to run in the first place.

    Another nice piece:
    The biggest blow to Musharraf’s authority this year didn’t come from the Taliban, it came from his political standoff with the country’s chief justice, whom he dismissed on an apparently trumped-up corruption charge in an earlier bid to intimidate the Court — and saw it blow up in his face when mass protests were held and the Court reinstated the chief justice. I thought between that, the return of Benazir Bhutto from exile, and the disaffection within the Pakistani army at the campaign against the Taliban that Musharraf would have to keep his nose clean from now on. Instead he’s doubled down. And since he’s relying entirely now on the military for his authority, he’ll have to address that disaffection by scaling back the campaign in the tribal areas.

    Which would mean that all the money pumped into his military by a certain superpower would have been for naught.🙂

    Wow, seems like it´s even worse than thought:
    Yup, it’s a coup.

    The chief justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was removed from his job and placed under house arrest. Musharraf had suspended the judge earlier this year, but he was later reinstated.

    “This is a very fateful day for the country. Pakistan is in deep, deep crisis,” said Aitzaz Ahsan, Chaudhry’s attorney. “It is one man against the nation.” Ahsan said that he expected to be arrested later Saturday night…

    The declaration is expected to bring on a wave of extremist attacks that have roiled the country in recent months, with increasingly large swaths of territory falling under the sway of insurgents.

    Seems like we´re now officially dealing with a rogue dictator.

    And it goes on. (You´ll really like that, Psycheout)
    Pakistan is considering enforcement of Islamic laws in Pakistan’s north-western Swat valley to meet the demands of pro-Taliban militants who briefly seized and then released around 100 security personnel after nine days’ fierce fighting that left more than 200 people dead. “The government is considering the implementation of Sharia law in the view of the demands of the local people,” said Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai, governor of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) in which the valley is situated…

    Earlier, the rebels surrounded and disarmed 48 paramilitary soldiers on Thursday, who were released again Friday.

    “We did not want to fight these Muslim brothers (militants) who are striving for the enforcement of Islamic sharia (law),” a captive told reporters before the release.

    Update: High drama in Karachi. Bhutto’s just arrived, having flown back from Dubai. Minor problem, though:

    Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was sitting on a plane at Karachi airport Saturday following a decision by the government to impose a state of emergency, her spokesman said, as paramilitary troops started deploying in front of her house.

    «She is waiting to see if she is going to be arrested or deported,» Wajid Hasan said after speaking to the former Pakistani prime minister by telephone from London.

    Yeah, you read right, he´s surrendering the tribal areas to the Taliban.

    All in all, I´d call this the news of the week. A military coup in a country posessing nuclear weaponry.

    Oh, and India seems to be short of going medieval, too.
    Had just a phone call with some buddies from ISAF. They say they begun digging themselves some holes, just in case…deep holes…

    Comment by PG — November 3, 2007 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

  5. World is on the verge of destruction and this would be done by pakistani nukes. pakistani military establishment is so cheap that they are looking to sell the dirty bombs. world can’t be safe untile pakistan’s military establishment is removed……………

    Comment by kaisar — November 4, 2007 @ 2:29 am | Reply

  6. “I don’t really pay attention to political events in other countries…”

    Allow me a one-word response to this: DUH!

    Comment by MikeM — November 5, 2007 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  7. we created a mini-game that let’s you throw copies of the constitution at Musharraf!

    http://www.readyaimvote.com

    Comment by R.A.V. — November 9, 2007 @ 11:54 pm | Reply


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