Monday, August 11, 2008

Not a Crook

The other big international news, impeachment is closing in on president Pervez Musharraf. The administration still supports him against the democratic leadership of Pakistan.
I'm glad to see this happening, though we should note that it's not just the military that undermines democracy in Pakistan. Pakistan's own democratic leaders can do that fine on their own. Still, it is outrageous that we continue to support Musharraf against his elected opponents.
De facto PPP chairman Asaf Ali Zardari is accusing Musharraf of massive embezzlement of public funds. Zardari himself is widely viewed as extremely corrupt, so it is an index of how far Musharraf has fallen that he is on the receiving end of such charges now.

This does seem somewhat hypocritical, seeing as is known "Mr. Ten Percent" for his immense corruption.
From the AFP:
"We will prepare a case, the president should be there (in parliament) and defend himself, and at least say 'I am not a crook,'" said Hussain, secretary general of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q party.

Unfortunate choice of words, eh?
Considering Nixon is one of Musharraf's models for leadership, this downfall seems altogether appropriate.

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