- Today, General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan refused to say when his self-imposed de facto martial law would come to an end, which, by default, means he gets to stay in office as long as he damn well pleases.
- Yesterday, President Bush called Musharraf "the best President for Pakistan" because they share the common goal of fighting terrorism. Way to give him an out, W. Now Musharraf gets to try out all your lines to justify his "war on terror."
- The fight on terrorism in Pakistan looks pretty different from how you might expect. It involves suspending the constitution, having aides write him his own constitution, allowing civilians to be tried by military courts (which General Musharaf is head of), hundreds of civilians already jailed and a "President" who is also head of the military. To be fair, I should mention this last point is the part that W's team has a problem with.
- My question is: When do we get to stop calling him a "President" and start calling him a dictator? A couple days? Maybe 3 weeks? When next semester's international policy classes will convene on campuses around the world, will this guy be a dictator by then? If someone could let me know, that'd be great.
OK, we can now return to regularly scheduled Sunday morning programming. Like getting to the
Arts- Now THIS is an obituary. RIP Norman Mailer.
Style - I'm hearing a lot about skateboarding lately- locally too.
and Travel- Was I not just talking about the abundance or great local mushrooms in Illinois?
sections of the New York Times.