Don’t be fooled by the Bhutto Bandwagon

My comments don’t seem to get approved any more on Publius Pundit ever since I dared to disagree with Kim Zigfield too many times.  But part of the continuing meme that’s being pushed in various quarters, including CNN and Publius is that Bhutto is some kind of pro-democracy activist.

She is not.  The only reason Benazir Bhutto ever came to power was because her Daddy happened to be running the country with an iron fist.  Even in an era with elections, a dispassionate view of Pakistan immediately flies in the face of anything we call democracy.  Bhutto can bring tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of people into the streets for her, it’s true…

That’s because they are her serfs.  Pakistan is still largely a feudal country, and those people will show up, because they’re utterly dependent upon the large landowners, and it’s their ass if they don’t.  Same thing with Nawaz Sharif:  the great “election” between these two neo-feudal clowns is simply two large factions of formerly-princely land-owning clans fighting over who gets to run the government by and for their own faction’s benefit.

Democracy in Pakistan was a sick and tragic joke long before Musharraf came onto the primary political scene.  Don’t be fooled by the out-and-out b.s. being put out by a mainstream media that seems to think that nobody has a memory lasting longer than, say, three years.

(This is especially egregious of CNN, which used to actually report on this sort of business before “I don’t know basic undergrad shit, but I can dress it up in a dangerous-sounding interview” Amanpour got her reign of continuous bullshit in charge.  But, hey, she’s married to an ambassador, so that means she knows her ass from a hole in the ground, right?  No.)

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  1. I have to say I was more than amused when “General Musharraf” suddenly became a President when we needed to tromp about looking for bin Laden.

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  2. Mike

     /  November 11, 2007

    Feh, I say we dump Pakistan and make nice-nice with India. Its getting to the point where we are screwed either way, but we have to eat a bowl of “Crapo’s” since none of the media can come out and say “You know, both sides suck”.

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  3. Mike

     /  November 11, 2007

    Feh, I say we dump Pakistan and make nice-nice with India. Its getting to the point where we are screwed either way, but we have to eat a bowl of “Crapo’s” since none of the media can come out and say “You know, both sides suck”.

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  4. happycrow

     /  November 11, 2007

    I’d much rather play ball with India: but India’s not sitting on the Afghan border…

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  5. If it’s any indication, Bhutto’s title within her party is “Chairperson for Life”. No BS.

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  6. Amen Mike. I work with Indians all day long (and like them a LOT), whereas I have yet to get along (personally) with a Pakistani. I’ll take India any day of the freakin’ week.

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  7. Mike

     /  November 12, 2007

    I have worked with both (commercially speaking). The one Pakistani I knew was a great guy, very educated and smart. He had left Pakistan due to the “vast amount of shit” that he had to put up with being highly educated, well off (he was an electrical engineer so good money even in Pakistan) and then having to deal with a bunch of semi-literate religious goobers who talked down to him due his not being “Muslim enough” and considered him to be uneducated due to not being educated in a Madras. He was more vehminent than the two Indian guys about smashing up the tribes and knocking sense into the morons who wanted to start a holy war to “regain India for the Muhgals”.

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  8. Since the basic concept of democracy in that part of the world is (to be kind) unique, Bhutto can at best be seen in a ‘lesser of two evils’ light. Perhaps you can argue which the lesser is, but at this point I’m just glad that the two in question are more or less West leaning. Pakistan definitely falls into the “glad I don’t live there” category of countries, which ever way this thing falls out.

    ****FYI Russ, don’t have your email so two quick things…

    One, I went to a rather big tanner this weekend with a couple of sheep pelts, prices are good. Are you in need of any hair on tanning? Have any questions for these guys? I can pass along?

    Two, my lovely wife added some of her own student’s work to your ‘students are stupid, look what they wrote’ post of a couple weeks ago. (just thought I’d let you know as you most likely missed it)

    Would of emailed but I misplaced your addy.

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  9. happycrow

     /  November 13, 2007

    I’ll send you a buzz. Not in need of any tanning right now, though. Man, I gotta say, I’m REAL glad I’m not in that part of the world. Messed up.

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