What does it say when a leader tells his people he must suspend their civil rights in order to combat extremism, then locks up judges, lawyers and human rights activists – society’s most moderate forces – while Osama bin Laden and the Taliban run free?
And what are those oppressed people supposed to conclude when the reaction of the world and even some of their own leaders is grudging?
That’s been the twisted reality unfolding in Pakistan as its military dictator, General Pervez Musharraf, propels his nation toward greater instability. Fortunately, there are signs of forces mobilizing against the general and his decree of martial law. (International Herald Tribune)