My solution is a democratic Pakistan. We need to fight for democracy in Pakistan, instead of places distant from al-Qaeda like Libya and Egypt.
This does not mean civilian control as it is, where the President is as corrupt as Hosni Mubarak. The military must abdicate its power and collectivized industries, and the people must directly elect of the President. Currently, a council of political elites elect the President (Musharraf, Bhutto, Zardari) and have never produced a liberal, democratic ruler. Law and order and international posturing are the preferred political issues in Pakistan — devoid of the democratic processes real governments do to help their people.
The Myth of Musharraf
A general who runs a fantastic publicity operation, Musharraf was complacent to the US when it suited him, and bucked US policies when it was against the ISI or military. Nonetheless, secular law was improved in his reign — he was not particularly given to Islamist interests. His assault on a mosque used by radicals, outraged his once-strong support among conservative Muslims.
The Myth of Benazir Bhutto
A woman who did nothing for women’s right, press freedom, or democracy in the country, she was a full political player who destroyed all opposition, possibly killed her brother in broad daylight, and stole billions from her country. Her father was a very eloquent speaker and fascist.
The Myth of Zardari
Fully complicit in his wife’s cronyism. His election would never fly in a popular Pakistan.
Pakistan would turn against the terrorists, military-industrial complex, and drug trafficking as rule of law meant democracy in Pakistan. Democracy means popular election and minority rights, which the Pakistanis still do not have (despite loud cheering when the army is not in power). They do not wish for a Taliban state for 150 million people. The country whose freedom and liberty would most benefit world peace and international security is Pakistan.