General Musharraf: Yea or Nay?

RCP’s Friday edition linked to two pretty good opposing views of the political situation in Pakistan. The New York Post makes the realist (in the IR sense) argument that it’s better to have a moderate strongman than another Afghanesque hell. He then does a partial backtrack and throws out the obligatory overtures to a political opening.

Tariq Ali, writing in The Guardian, doesn’t see it that way. Ali’s thesis, perhaps unsurprising to those familiar with his work, is that Musharraf represents just another “our son of a bitch” client that cannot survive much longer. I am more inclined to agree with the Post piece.

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