Monday, November 12, 2007
Pakistan promises to erupt, with promise of US intervention when it does, as Russia and India strengthen ties and military cooperation!
As we watch Pakistan degrade to a total breakdown. I have felt from the beginning that because of the nuclear weapons if not the fact that Pakistan is a major cultivator of insurgents and probably the home of Bin Laden, that Bush would have the excuse of having to act to secure the situation and then all hell will break out. Musharraf has made promises to hold elections to quell opposition in Pakistan and around the world but he will not say when he will lift martial order and plans elections while it is still imposed which is ridiculous.
I don't see anyway out of this and John Bolton doesn't mean to but highlights that fact. Make no mistake: This is a very dangerous situation," said John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. But Bolton told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" that he would urge the United States to continue to back Musharraf, whose government has received $10 billion in U.S. aid since 2001. In the 1980s, some of Pakistan's nuclear labs were controlled by Abdul Qadeer Khan considered responsible for leaking technology to Libya, North Korea and Iran. Musharraf announced in 2004 that he had pardoned Khan. This is a lose, lose situation for us because of Bush!
Pakistan's nuclear stockpile may be technically secure, Bolton said but the issue isn't whether the weapons are locked away. "It's a political issue," the former U.S. ambassador said. "If the military comes unstuck, if it divides, then the technical fixes won't protect those weapons. Musharraf is in a difficult spot, Bolton said. "Even the military is filled with Islamic fundamentalists that he's tried to keep in lower positions." "But they're pervasive," he said. "And he doesn't have the flexibility of a real military dictator."
Bolton urged U.S. officials to consider more than whether Pakistan is being ruled democratically. "I'd have to put securing those weapons at the top of our agenda." Richard Holbrooke, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Clinton, told CNN, "everyone should be concerned about this arsenal ... This is is an extraordinarily volatile situation. We don't want to see Pakistan, with its bombs, fall into the hands of people like [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad and the mullahs." Read Bolton on Pakistan
You know Bush the idiot insists on putting so called Democracy above all else and that is why we are in this situation in Pakistan, the middle east, and around the world. Anyway as expected Pakistan's opposition called on President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to lift a state of emergency, saying Monday that upcoming parliamentary elections would be a sham unless citizens' rights were fully restored. Several parties were mulling a boycott. Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto meanwhile prepared to launch a cross-country caravan to protest military rule. Police ramped up security for her, saying they had received intelligence that a suicide bomber was planning to attack her in the eastern city of Lahore.
Raja Zafarul Haq, chairman of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party, demanded restoration of the constitution which was suspended under the emergency, reinstatement of top judges purged by Musharraf and the release of detainees — as well as Sharif's return from exile. "Under the current circumstances it is very difficult to expect there would be fair elections in the country," he told Associated Press Television News. "Within the next week there will be meetings and we will finally decide whether to go for elections or agitation."
Liaqat Baloch, secretary general of Pakistan's most popular Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, said they were strongly considering boycotting the elections. "If there is an emergency and no constitution, it is impossible to have free and fair elections," he told The Associated Press. opposition to martial order grows
Knowing that things in Pakistan will erupt out of control you know for a fact that support for us created the current situation but Bush will be able to appear forced into action. As should have been expected Russia is now getting even closer to India. What a surprise!
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin called during Kremlin talks for boosting their countries' traditional ties, with a view to more than doubling trade by the end of the decade. Ahead of the talks, Russia's space agency Roskosmos signed an agreement with the Indian space agency for joint lunar exploration through 2017.
'Russia and India will jointly build a space ship. Under the project we plan to send an entire laboratory to the moon,' Roskosmos head Anatoly Perminov said in a statement. High-tech, and particularly military cooperation, are at the centre of bilateral ties, Putin said. 'We paid particular attention to cooperation in nuclear energy and in military-technical cooperation,' Putin told journalists. Besides the fact that this will more than double trade, The deals 'open new prospects for our scientific, technical and production cooperation in sensitive areas,' Putin said. Read more on increased cooperation between Russia and India
Sounds to me like sides are continuing to form as this slide to world war is turning into an avalanche that will not be stopped whether it happens before or after Bush leaves.