Notes, October 9 2007
October 19, 2007 § Leave a comment
Visited by Richard Moore, author of
and it is terrific to have him here. Otherwise I didn’t quite get the spirit of it. Also worth reading Robert Steele’s review at
Amazon.com Robert Steele scroll down.
The key is the proposal for local community councils that are open to all, and can actually solve problems. The efficacy of this way of working should spread fractally so to speak, and create a new society. Lots to argue with in this, but it is important to understand it before arguing too strongly.
I’ll probably have more to say in the next few days.
BTW all of Steele’s reviews are a very efficient overview of political change books.
From Asian Times a series of articles on Bhutto
Bhutto bombing kicks off war on US plan
By Syed Saleem Shahzad
The first shot has already been fired in the battle that Islamists have vowed to wage against the Washington-inspired and brokered attempt at regime change in Pakistan. It came in the form of twin bomb blasts aimed at Benazir Bhutto, the lynchpin in US machinations, within hours of her arrival in Karachi after years in exile.
Bhutto’s return to Pakistan is part of a complex arrangement brokered by Washington and its allies to ensure that a pro-Western government gains power after parliamentary elections in about three months’ time. The plan was put in train earlier this month with the promulgation of a National Reconciliation Ordinance, under strong US pressure, by Pakistan’s current leader, General Pervez Musharraf. Under the ordinance, all charges against current and former lawmakers who have been accused of corruption (with Bhutto, a twice former prime minister, prominent among them), were dropped. This paved the way for Musharraf’s reelection as president and a political settlement with Bhutto which, after Musharraf’s giving up his post as chief of the military, would result in a civilian-based, pro-Western consensus government – or so Washington hopes. (See From Washington to war in Waziristan, ATol, Oct 11, 2007)
This is something Pakistan’s Islamists are determined to prevent, and sources say that Thursday’s bombing was just the first of more such attacks aimed at Western allies in the cities of Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.
Western governments have long shown an affinity for shady characters in their attempts to organize the globe to their liking, though the strategy has seldom paid off in the long term. Thursday’s bombings point to enormous problems ahead if the West is to have its way in Pakistan.
I wrote four years ago that what could make sense of the US Iraq policy was that if it was small pat of dealing with Pakistan and the rise of an Islamic circle from Turkey to Indonesia,and that a foothold was necessary because we couldn’t deal with Pakistan first. This at least made strategic sense, even if it was not strategically smart, whose first requirement is to not embrace a strategy that s very likely to fail.
I suspect that our governments (England and the US) see that since they control their own populations fairly well, that should be the model everywhere. It may be what is meant by "Markets and Democracy." People in counties lie Pakistan are less tractable because they have suffered more profoundly. It may be a sign of US futures.