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Friday, December 28, 2007

Mark Steyn on Richardson on Pakistan

Mark Steyn's reaction to Bill Richardson's idiotic, post-Bhutto assassination, seem spot on to me.
[Richardson]--Her death, and the deaths of so many of her supporters, is more than just a tragedy. It is a testament to the will of the Pakistani people to see democracy restored.

[Steyn]--Er, no. It's a testament to the ease with which "democracy" can be thwarted by those determined to do so. So what now? I'd always swallowed the conventional wisdom that Governor Richardson was an unglamorous candidate but far more sober and substantial and experienced in world affairs than the glitzier Dems. Instead, he strings the buzzwords and bromides together in apparently random fashion and gives Pakistan its marching orders:

President Bush should press Musharraf to step aside, and a broad-based coalition government, consisting of all the democratic parties, should be formed immediately... It is in the interests of the US that there be a democratic Pakistan that relentlessly hunts down terrorists.

Gotcha. What do we want? A broad-based coalition government that relentlessly hunts down terrorists and has a great prescription drug plan for seniors! When do we want it? Now! Well, gee, it would be unfair to let anybody else take credit for such a viable plan. Why doesn't Governor Richardson jet in and run for the Pakistani parliament himself? First rally in Rawalpindi on Saturday?
I'm should add that while I don't always swallow everything Styen argues, I agree with him more than just about any other reader of this blog. (outside of my Dad, although I'm probably being generous as to the size of our readership; I'm pretty sure he stopped reading us long ago.) But you can't disagree with his take on the general nonsense that spills out of our political class when it comes to complex problems. International or domestic. The idea that we can mold a country that didn't even exist 80 years ago into some sort of stable, western-loving democracy is beyond silly. Just because we want it to happen doesn't mean we can ignore the realities on the ground i.e., how much of the population doesn't want what we are selling. Or I guess we can, but we shouldn't be shocked when something as easy to predict as Bhutto's assassination occurs.

P.S. Disregard the TtPStaff signature on this post. The post, and it's opinion is all Rob's. I just forgot to sing out of our generic account and I'm too lazy to fix it.

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