As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Most Dangerous Trouble Spot In The World Update

Pervez Musharraf says he'll quit the Army this month but remain as President. Of course, the courts were to rule on whether he was allowed to run for President while being chief of staff of the Army. And he's continuing to arrest opposition leaders and outlaw political rallies, even while he's calling for ELECTIONS. And he's blaming his opponents for the house arrests he's carrying out on them.

In an interview with The Associated Press, he accused former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, currently under house arrest, of fueling political turmoil and rejected Western pressure to quickly lift emergency rule, which he indicated was likely to continue through the January elections.

"All those who are blunt enough to tell me to my face what the reality is, all of them think, yes, it will lead the country to chaos if I do not handle the political environment now with me remaining as the president," he said at his army office.

And more leaders have been arrested.

This is the worst of all possible worlds, with a defiant and unpopular leader alienating every facet of civil society, and a radical Islamist movement allowed to roam free. The elements are all there for revolution.

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