Monday, August 18, 2008
It’s always sad when a western backed Dictator leaves
Musharraf gives up saving Pakistan
Faced with the humiliation of impeachment, former army chief Pervez Musharraf quit as Pakistan president, having lost political, popular and increasingly even US support.
Born in New Delhi on Aug. 11, 1943, Musharraf arrived with his parents in Karachi, Pakistan's first capital, a day after the Partition of India in 1947. A career army officer, Musharraf came to power in a 1999 coup, went on to be a close US ally in the war against terror, and narrowly survived al Qaeda-inspired assassination attempts.
His enemies said he betrayed Islam by caving in to US pressure to abandon support for the Taliban government hosting al Qaeda in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
He believed he saved Pakistan.
The US government sank more than $11 billion into Pakistan, mostly its military, and expected Musharraf to produce results.
Pakistan captured hundreds of al Qaeda, and lost over 1,000 soldiers fighting in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Yet suspicions lingered that Pakistani intelligence agencies played a double-game, allowing the Taliban safe refuge.
The alliance with the United States was always a hard sell in Pakistan, and contributed to Musharraf's unpopularity.
Regarded as a military dictator, he was treated initially as a pariah by the West, but at home was seen as a different kind of general when he first seized power.
He had a friendly, straight-talking charm and after a decade of inept, corrupt civilian rule, many Pakistanis welcomed the overthrow of prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Isn’t it sad when a western backed Dictator leaves? Who will do our bidding damn it? Yes Pakistan is a cauldron of corruption, and Musharraf probably had legitimate concerns, but taking over the Government illegally isn’t the solution, perhaps the West could be asked about all the money we allowed to flood Pakistan that ended up funding nuclear weapons rather than schools, indeed because there is so little investment into a public school system it allowed only hard core Islamic education some which helped radicalize an impoverished generation, indeed much of the recent $11 Billion America sunk into Musharraf has all gone on weapons, not into public infrastructure. The other issue that helped undermine Musharraf’s good intentions was the complicity between the CIA and their puppet organization the Pakistani secret intelligence service, the ISI, a relationship that had been forged during the late 70s and 80s when the ISI became the local agent for CIA cash to fuel Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan fighting the Soviets and by playing god, inadvertently funding the birth of Al Qaeda (incidentally they paid for that war with heroin from drug labs up and down the Pakistan and Afghanistan border shipped to America for profit). The history of covert national interests between both spy agencies meant Musharraf could never work out whose side his secret intelligence service was on and his support of America made him hated domestically, his demise is proof that you can’t kill democracy to save democracy no matter how noble the intentions are.