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Monday, January 19, 2004

Lesser of several evils

Patrick Belton's post on Pakistan is spot on. "Musharraf has gained serious negotiating power with both Washington and New Delhi, neither of which wishes to see him replaced with an Islamist successor" -- also true. Everyone sees him (as I, below, have seen Edwards) as by no means the most desirable person, but far, far better than most of the alternatives.

Vajpayee, on the other hand, should take his deputy prime minister and rot together in jail. Maybe a Dutch prison. I can think of few people who would be worse than Vajpayee -- Advani, for one, and Narendra Modi. Then again, perhaps they -- the Rev'd. Pats of India -- would be far enough off the edge that they'd be voted out instantly... but that's not a risk I'd like to take.


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