Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pretty Good Summary

Here's is Juan Cole's bottom line take on the down-in-the-weeds results of the Pakistani elections:

Bottom line, the Pakistani public has demonstrated a dislike of extremism, including religious extremism, awarding a plurality of seats in the national legislature to secular parties and the rest to right-of-center parties, but roundly rejecting the fundamentalists.

Even though the PPP and PMLN likely won't have the votes to impeach Musharraf, he is in for a bumpy ride and it would be much better for everyone if he would recognize the writing on the wall and step down.
An anti-extremist vote, in this case, also refers to a repudiation of the U.S. and it's position in the region.

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