Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Do As I Do, Not As I Say
The Bush administration's zeal for promoting democracy doesn't seem to extend to our erstwhile ally in the War on Terror, Pakistan. Today, former Prime Minister Nazir Sharif returned from seven years of exile to challenge General Pervez Musharraf in general elections called for later this year. As this video from Ria Novosti shows, Sharif's experiment in democracy was short-lived. Arrested immediately at the airport, he was promptly expelled from the country. Before the standoff, four thousand of his supporters had already been detained by Pakistani police.
In watching the video, notice the shirts worn by the security forces that sealed off the Islamabad airport: Anti-Terrorist Squad. On second thought, maybe Bush really has exported American-style democracy.