Monday, December 06, 2004

Black is White, Peace is War, Pakistan is a Democracy...

I'm going to be physically ill:
PRESIDENT BUSH: One of the interesting lessons that the world can look at is Pakistan. You see, there are some in the world who do not believe that a Muslim society can self-govern. Some believe that the only solution for government in parts of the world is for there to be tyranny or despotism. I don't believe that. The Pakistan people have proven that those cynics are wrong. And where President Musharraf can help in world peace is to help remind people what is possible. And the solution in the Middle East is for there to be a world effort to help the Palestinians develop a state that is truly free--one that's got an independent judiciary, one that's got a civil society, one that's got the capacity to fight off the terrorists, one that allows for dissent, one in which people can vote. And President Musharraf can play a big role in helping achieve that objective.

Yes, it's important to emphasize that Muslim states can be liberal Democracies that have vibrant civil societies and respect human rights. No, it's impossible to argue that Pakistan is emblematic of that type of nation without being addicted to Crack Cocaine.

I concur with TNR: Irony is officially dead (again).

1 comment:

N.S.T said...

The Pakistanis sure are doing a lot fucking better than all those other Muslim countries. Rome wasn't built in a day, and it isn't as if complaining about Pakistan would help them see the virtues of liberalization. The fact of the matter is that you might want to pick your battles in foreign policy, rather than assuming that every battle is yours. If you like to cite Iraq, then it now appears we made a bad choice, and that that wasn't the right battle, but hindsight is 20/20, and we will still win in Iraq eventually. In the mean time, I don't think it would be very much use to complain that Iraqis don't have the same goddamn civil rights we do. I mean, C'mon Schraub. In theory Pakistan HAS all of those things, and if the solidity of their demooocratic bedrock is still uncertain, it's only because their democracy is in its formative stages. Just as our country's rulers were sometimes challenged as weak when we first got off of the ground, and just as our standards of decency and fundamental rights have evolved since those formative stages, Pakistan will change, and, I daresay, so will allof the other Islamofascist countries(Pakistan may have already chanegd enough to not even warrant the label). In the mean time, it does no harm to foster good will between the two of us, since, in reality, Pakistan is one country we need on our side if we are to defeat the terrorists. Yes?

--Nick