Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A call for concern based on half-truths

Here is a case of some truth presented in such a way as to miss the most important point. Adrian Morgan has worked to get a lot of information but strangely has missed the real crisis going on in Pakistan now. Nothing about the middle class revolt against Musharraf, even though he claims that Musharraf is in danger. Yes, he is in danger; but the crisis right now is what Morgan fails to mention: the issue of the judiciary, precipitated by Musharraf's sacking of the Chief Justice. Yes, there is a struggle over fundamentalism and secularism, and yes, there is a Baluch insurgency, and more, an expanding Taliban within the country, funded with narcotics money (plus some Saudi private money) -- but the real danger to Musharraf is the broad-based revolt against him by the lawyers who oppose his sacking of the Chief Justice.
As for the militant "fundamentalism" in Pakistan, yes, it is dangerous and active, and so far it is not being contained. But as Morgan himself says there is little real popular base for the "fundamentalists."

Pakistan: An Ally's Crisis Deepens: Part Two (of Two)
by Adrian Morgan
The Family Security Foundation, Inc.
Date: May 30, 2007

Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, is an ally but a tidal wave
of religious fundamentalism is about to engulf his nation. With
American travelers now warned not to travel in Pakistan, FSM
Contributing Editor Adrian Morgan details just how frightening
Pakistan's crisis is, raising the specter of a nuclear-
armed, "Talibanized" government.

[For more, click on the title above.]

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