Monday, November 12, 2007
Testing the Democracy Assumption
In the middle of the piece, there is this assumption put forward: "A Pakistan free of political turmoil, and with the public satisfied that democratrization is proceeding, is more likely to support US policies in the region."
Really? That to me seems like a very big if. The Pakistani public will support taking on greater burdens in fighting Al-Qaeda, including heavier casualties? Conceding control over Kashmir to India (in order to get Washington off the hook on that issue?)
I understand the point that is being made--that all U.S. eggs cannot be placed in the Musharraf basket--but I also don't have any illusions that the majority of Pakistanis are preapred to trade away what they see as fundamental interests in order to end U.S. support for Musharraf.