Friday, October 08, 2004
Somebody didn't get the memo
What's that I hear? Is it the sound of democracy spreading? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, on the eve of elections in Afghanistan (the first in 5,000 years! says Dick Cheney... and that's a long time), the freedom is already eminating from that bright beacon. In fact, it's neighbor Pakistan, never wanting to be outdone, has decided to push democracy forward by banning religious gatherings. Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Sherpao also "said there would be no ban on political gatherings but prior permission from the authorities would be necessary even for such meetings."
The minister said it should be the responsibility of the district governments to inform their provincial governments before giving permission for such gatherings and the provinces should take guidance from the federal government so that decisions could be taken in the national interest.Yes, sweet success! In fact, even if the Iraq war weren't already justified by the weapons report that stated that Iraq produced no WMDs after 1991, it would undoubtedly be justified by these kinds of sweeping democratic reforms in the region. And with Afghanistan prepared to become El Salvador ca. 1983, we can only hope that the part of the world we here in the United States affectionately call "over there" will soon be just like Central America in the 1980s only bigger and with more dead (democratically so, of course) bodies.