President Musharraf Speaks on Poverty and Terror
Posted by Jack Stephens on April 17, 2007
Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the dictator “President” of Pakistan (who created the position of President — not in the Pakistan Constitution — after taking power in a military coup in 1999), is beginning to make some democratic and egalitarian noises — for reasons, I am sure, of base self-interest. Simply stated, he is in trouble. He is losing control of his increasingly independent-minded judiciary, he is losing whatever support he has ever had of the citizens of Pakistan, and he is losing the confidence of the West.
So, we’re stepping back from global, unregulated, laissez faire, “free-market” capitalism, and —FINALLY — acknowledging that government has a larger role than merely smoothing the road for the creation of wealth. It also has the responsibility to see that the wealth is distributed equitably and justly. Well, at least Musharraf — back against the wall — is giving the idea lip service, even if he’d rather not. Why would he prefer not to say — and do — the right thing?