Monday, September 17, 2007

Most Dangerous Nation?

Still Pakistan, our 'ally' in the GWOT. Are you kidding me? The dude in charge of this nation-with-really-real nuclear weapons (as opposed to the theoretically real ones held by the nations of Iraq and Iran) is the legal dictator since the 1999 coup. He apparently spends time multitasking the future twin disasters of letting OBL and AQ regroup on his border and alienating all the pro-secular democracy folks in Pakistani society, all the time hiding behind the sheild and advertisement of American power.

Wow. I wonder why folks don't have the best opinion of us in other parts of the world. This guy gets off putting pro-Caliphate forces on the same side as pro-Democracy forces. Consequently, both end up as anti-United States forces. Which isn't good for us. One of these days over in Islamabad, they're going to party like its 1979, and The People will get together to get rid of their US backed despot. Then the Revolution will be hijacked (again) by religious radicals. Then, the thugs will have really real nuclear weapons (as opposed to the theoretical ones held by Iraq and Iran). If you thought the Iraq war wasn't going as well as "planned," and you hesitate whenever the neocons talk of the coming war with Iran, you are absolutely going to ADORE what happens when we have to go dig our enemies out of Karachi.

Meanwhile, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is becoming the monster everyone on the right always said he would be. It is not liberal philosophy to become dictator. Sorry. That's just not the way our particular ideology is written. I mean, it may have been at one time, but Stalin killed that off pretty quick, in more ways than one. Do not confuse this guy's anti-Dubya rhetoric with anything resembling a belief that he is on our side.

And What in the hell is going on with Russia? If the Putin Youth weren't harbingers of some game afoot in the halls of the Old Adversary, and the abrupt elevation of a Putin loyalist to Prime Minister didn't get your juices flowing, consider this: all of the things we claim we want out of leaders, Putin gives the Russian people. While our current Administration will go down in history as one of the most bizarre, and our legislators will go down as some of the worst, Putin will be written about decades from now with more reverence than old school Republicans have for Ronald Reagan. Let me put it to you this way, if you were him, would you want to let go now?

Didn't think so. Russia will come in at Number 3 most dangerous nations in the world, and I think they're angling to jump to that number one spot. At least the Terrorists hate them, too.

2 comments:

Dante said...

"It is not liberal philosophy to become dictator. Sorry. That's just not the way our particular ideology is written. I mean, it may have been at one time, but Stalin killed that off pretty quick, in more ways than one."

And you crazy liberals always try to claim that you're not Communists. Don't worry, we never bought that to begin with.

"all of the things we claim we want out of leaders, Putin gives the Russian people. While our current Administration will go down in history as one of the most bizarre, and our legislators will go down as some of the worst, Putin will be written about decades from now with more reverence than old school Republicans have for Ronald Reagan. Let me put it to you this way, if you were him, would you want to let go now?"

Sounds to me like your liberal philosophy very much supports the idea of dictatorship. I'll take free and fair elections over any policy Putin has enacted, even the massively simplified tax code. Besides, if he's really so great and revered, then surely he doesn't have to go around whacking political opponents, shutting down opposing views in the media, and worrying in general about winning reelection. We won't know until it's over but I'll wager a lot of people in Russia love Putin because they're afraid not to.

Ashley said...

"Free and fair elections"...like hanging chad in Florida and Diebold in Ohio...

Ok...