09 February 2004

Round-n-Round We Go . . . .

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf .:pardoned:. Abdul Qadeer Khan for selling nuclear know-how to three countries named in Dubya's two different axes of evil, Libya, Iran and North Korea. He also made it known that Khan would be able to keep the money he made from the deadly deals. Musharraf's reasoning is that Pakistan wanted the bomb and got it thanks to Khan's efforts, so he's not going to kill the goose because it laid an additional golden egg in someone else's nest.

It should be noted that President Musharraf's reign is courtesy of a military coup, and since Khan has overwhelming support from the people of Pakistan, Musharraf has to go easy on him. To do anything else would only give the opposition, headed by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a rallying cry for its supporters.

Pakistan is our ally. It is headed by an unelected leader. It undoubtedly possesses WMD, and it's now been proven that it trafficked in WMD. Iraq was our ally. We helped destroy its WMD, and it has never been proven to have trafficked in WMD.

Shouldn't we have learned to choose a better class of friends by now?

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