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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:46 AM
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Musharraf is now a Civilian Dictator
Musharraf Quits Pakistani Army Post
~snip~ LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov. 28 President Pervez Musharraf resigned his military post as chief of army staff today, handing over the command stick to his successor in a ceremony at Pakistans army headquarters and ending his eight years of military rule. He remains president and will be sworn in to a new five-year term in the capital on Thursday, but as a civilian president his power will be diminished.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/29/world/asia/29pakistan...

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Ravy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:48 AM
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1. Yeah, but he is *our* Civillian Dictator.
for the moment.
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HughMoran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:48 AM
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2. Yep, same little dictator twerp, slightly different title
This little piss-ant needs to go.
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global1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:58 AM
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3. One With Weapons of Mass Destruction And He Harbors Terrorists Too......
is he with us or against us? What will * do?
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Bright Eyes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:01 AM
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4. "He remains president and will be sworn in to a new five-year term"
Wait....wasn't there supposed to be an election?
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:03 AM
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5. how dare you read below the headlines
:sarcasm:
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Elspeth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:04 AM
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6. LOL
:D
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:27 AM
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17. There was. October 6, 2007:
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:06 AM
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7. Honestly....so what?
And would Pakistan be "more democratic" if Musharraf agreed to a power sharing agreement with Bhutto? That sounds like a co-dictatorship, not any democracy I am familiar with...
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:08 AM
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9. it would be more democratic if they had actual elections.....
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:12 AM
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14. IIRC the last elected PM of Pakistan stepped to the brink of Nuclear war with India...
Democracy is vastly overrated in many cases.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:13 AM
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15. so you support the Musharraf dictatorship?
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:22 AM
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16. Of course I don't *support* it. OTOH, I am not terribly troubled by it, either.
Remember, proselytizing corrupt US style consumerist "democracy" is a plank of the neocon agenda. I have no interest in spreading our secular religion, by the sword or otherwise...
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:07 AM
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8. "... as a civilian president his power will be diminished" and then this -
"Mr. Musharraf, who imposed emergency rule on the country on Nov. 3, imprisoning political opponents, lawyers and judges and closing down television stations, will continue to chair the national security council as a civilian president and has given himself added powers under recent amendments."

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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:09 AM
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11. sounds like a bu$h* signing statement
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:12 AM
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13. LOL Exactly.
(The) appearance (of freedom/democracy/liberty/justice) is enough for some people.

And I'm speaking of America now.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:11 AM
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12. self-delete. Replied to wrong post.
Edited on Wed Nov-28-07 11:13 AM by Romulox
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:08 AM
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10. He took off his uniform just like Chimpy told him to.
Problem solved.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:10 PM
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18. I've got an idea -
lets support him as "President for Life", on the condition that he immediatly destroys his entire nuclear arsenal.

A pragmatic trade off, I think.
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