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From Musharraf to Mubarak - America's Sad Choices
by NAM (reposted)
Saturday Nov 17th, 2007 10:07 AM
Originally From New America Media

Friday, November 16, 2007 : General Musharraf has imposed emergency rule on Pakistan after months of unrest. He refuses to step down as head of the military or share power with former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He has put judges and opposition leaders, who contest his authority, under house arrest.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice described the situation as deeply disappointing. Historically, the military in Pakistan have moved against civilian governments and took over. Musharraf himself came to power in 1999 overthrowing prime Minster Nawaz Sharif, after ten years of democratic rule.

The US will only succeed in prosecuting the long war against Islamic extremists by empowering democratic rule in the Middle East.
Pakistan’s first president was Iskandar Mirza, who in 1958 abrogated the constitution and declared martial law. A few weeks later, he was overthrown in a coup by General Ayub Khan who declared himself president. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto’s father and founder of the Pakistan People’s Party, became the new president and introduced a new constitution in 1973, reducing the presidency to a figurehead position, giving the power to the Prime Minister. Bhutto stepped down as President and became Prime Minister, symbolizing the transition. In 1978, Bhutto was toppled and executed by General Zia-ul-Haq, who declared himself president till he died in a plane crash 1988.

America faces major challenges in the Middle East in terms of the instability of many of its long assumed Arab allies

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