sen. patrick leahy, on pakistan — gen. musharraf’s unlawful seizure of judicial power — november 5, 2007

protesting lawyers jailed,
and beaten, today — and the
supreme court locked away. . .

but where-oh-where is the u.s., on
ending aid to musharraf’s pakistan,
until the rule of law is restored?

here is what our president should
have said — but the sea of irony would
have drowned him — so, instead, senator
patrick leahy will have to rise, again,
and set the proper tone:

General Musharraf has made a colossal blunder. He says he needs emergency laws to fight terrorism, but his crackdown targets the courts, lawyers, the press, political opponents and human rights defenders. It seems clear that his primary goal is to keep himself in power as president and as army chief.

The Bush Administration has only paid lip service to the abuses of General Musharraf’s authoritarian rule. Rather than hold him to his word that he would restore democracy, the White House has opened the spigot to a steady flow of hundreds of millions of dollars each year, even when he sacked the chief justice of the Supreme Court and orchestrated his own rubber-stamp re-election.

The best antidote to religious fundamentalism is to support Pakistan’s moderate majority. That would best serve our security interests as well as the interests of the Pakistani people. It is what we should have been doing all along, rather than propping up a general who seized power in a coup and has repeatedly broken his word about his intentions.

The United States will continue its support to the Pakistani people. But U.S. aid to the Musharraf government should stop until constitutional order, civil liberties and judicial independence are restored, until political prisoners are released, and until free and fair elections are allowed.

it has been clear, for far too long,
that musharraf’s govenrment is essentially
being run out of dick cheney’s office.

even the washington post said so.

you could look it up. . .” — but
you needn’t bother — as i already did.

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