August 18, 2008

Bye Bye Pervez

Another Bush ally bites the dust. Musharraf's resignation speech sounded a lot like Nixon's "when the president does it, it's not illegal" defence:
"Not a single charge in the impeachment can stand against me," he said.

"No charge can be proved against me because I never did anything for myself, it was all for Pakistan."
Cheney's concept of Executive Privilege has been globalized. And look who had a plane parked on the runway, waiting for Pervez to run across the tarmac - Bush's other fine friends, the Saudis. Well, who else will take him? Pervez has a multi-million-dollar residence just nearing completion on the outskirts of Islamabad, but may never be able to live there without rockets raining down from the main road across the fence.

UPDATE: Who knew that fleeing to Mecca was a traditional Muslim rite:
Officials from both the ruling coalition and the security services said that in the wake of his resignation Musharraf would travel to close ally Saudi Arabia in coming days to perform Muslim rites.

A senior coalition official told AFP that Musharraf would then head for London or Turkey, but his aides insisted he would return after his religious duties in the Gulf kingdom.

The party of Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted by Musharraf in 1999, has said that the former president should not be granted a safe exit but the leading group in the coalition, led by the widower of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, has remained quiet.
Dear Benazir was always a great and loyal subject, your majesty.


Winter Patriot said...

Good catch on the Saudi plane. Thanks a lot as always.

gandhi said...

Cheers, WP. The Saudi plane story was via who are having a hard time raising funds again - anyone got some spare cash, help em out. Good site.

Bukko_in_Australia said...

Gandhi, you're a slippery devil. You write some thought-provoking stuff, which inspires me to comment because the words are just bubbling up from my brain, but every fortnight or so you turn off comments, or change blogs, or whatever. I'll skip my ruminations on Plato's Cave, since tha's so "yesterday's blog."

As for Pervy, did it occur to you that he's the new Shah? A secular puppet in a radicalising Muslim nation that the U.S. set up with lots of military might, who oopressed his people and was driven out, soon to be in reviled exile. His heavily-armed country will slip out of control and be taken over by hostile Islamists. Mass death and war will ensue. Only now, instead of Iranian F-14s, it will be F-16s with nuclear bombs.

Will the U.S. be able to hoodwink India into invading Kashmir to divert the Pakistani military, as it did with Iraq invading Iran? Will it spiral more out of control than the last U.S. adventure? The fascists keep cooking up bigger crises to divert attention from the prior crisis. Sooner or later, they'll overshoot, and that's when the table holding the game pieces will be toppled onto the floor.

gandhi said...

I wouldn't be too sure about the "hostile Islamists" taking over Pakaistan, Bukko. Like many other former British colonies, there is a decent amount of educated peasants in Pakistan, and anti-US anger will not necessarily translate to pro-Osama anger.

OTOH I agree there's a good chance the US will start bombing soon, especially in the Waziristan region where many civilians are already fleeing for their lives.

Kashmir invasion? To be honest, I am too tired to work it all out these days. Enough! Bush begone!

I want a sane world back again, or at least just the pleasant illusion of one.


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