Yet Another Ramblefest…

Well…this has been a pretty barren month for this blog. I promise more entries and then I disappear…it’s like 2006 all over again! Sorry, no apologies or excuses this time around. I had work, I was trying to give my dead-as-a-doornail social life a much needed kiss-of-life and I was finally getting around to re-reading some old books/comics that have been on the “To Read” pile for longer than Grey’s Anatomy has been sucking ass. This post will be a kind of catch-all…dealing with everything in the past 2-3 weeks with hopes (::fingers crossed::) that I can manage some kind of semi-regular schedule for this here blog. Otherwise it may just be time to fade away from the internut. So…

Politics: Move along to the TV review portion anyone who is not a) from Pakistan or b) interested in global politics. Now, I don’t think I need to reiterate in detail that the country is currently undergoing what can politely be called a “silent revolution” only not so silent and more of a civil war than a revolution but whatever. For those of you who have living under a rock…the Prez decided to suspend the Chief Justice who decided he wasn’t going to take that sitting down and allied with loads of political parties who were already against the military regime to try to foster some goodwill for the judiciary and maybe drive Musharraf out of power. It was actually going pretty well for the past couple of weeks until the guy went to Karachi. First off, as anyone who does not live in Karachi will tell you…that city is insane. It’s people seem to have no concept of moderation (ok, to be fair the real problem is that Karachi has the largest ‘downtrodden’ population in the entire country…and who would fight blindly for any cause that comes along than someone who has nothing to lose?) But anyway…while this may sound crass…as I write this there are already 30 confirmed dead who are lying in the streets while there are apparently dozens injured. I would post pictures but even I’m not that insensitive. If you want ’em go google them. I’ll wait. Happy now? Ok…getting to the point. I think its become fairly obvious to anyone with even half-a-brain that the country is definitely at a crossroads now more than ever. On the one hand, the CJP can take this horrible situation and turn it around to show that he was in the right (which can work…but I have doubts since several people I know who were his staunch supporters are now suddenly turning against him for going to Karachi and instigating the whole thing. It didn’t really help that the TV news people showed shots of him sitting in an air conditioned airport waiting room alongside people dying in the streets in his name) For this to work he would have to show that the government has more than a little hand in this ‘war’ and its all been part of a plot to discredit him.

On the other hand…Chaudhry can just say that he gives up and politely head off into the sunset, admitting defeat but gaining the public’s support. I don’t really see this happening. If the past few weeks have taught us anything, its that the whole situation has become bigger than him now and no matter what he does he’s trapped. Nothing short of resignation can pull him out now…and he’s not going to admit defeat that easily. See, all politicians (and that is what Chaudhry has become now…make no mistake) are Machiavellian by nature. They believe that a few lives sacrficied judiciously are worth getting what they need and want: power. And admitting defeat at this point will mean that he admits Musharraf is right…and I don’t think any lawyer/opposition party/the general public will let him get away with that at this point. People may be angry at him right now for seemingly causing the deaths by his presence alone, but they’ll be even more angry if it is perceived that he is giving up after people basically died trying to keep his message alive. It’s a vicious circle and I don’t know where it’s going but the end result of either of the two above-stated possibilties is the same; we’re fucked. The nation is already teetering on civil war between provinces…this is the kind of spark that can push it completely over. I guess the old curse is true: “May you live in interesting times.”


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