Monday, August 18

Full Circle

Someone in my family told me a joke over the weekend. It's probably well heard, but it went something like this:

Some guy was being given a tour of Satan's pit. The first thing he noticed was the angels standing at the mouth of the pit, throwing those trying to escape back into the fiery depths.

However there was one part of the area where there were no angels, and further, no-one trying to get out. When asked about this state of affairs, the tour guide replied: "Oh, there? That's where the Pakistanis are. We don't need any guards with them because as soon as anyone tries to get out, we know there'll always be one of their countrymen pulling them back in".

I won't claim to know much about Pakistani politics, but I have been around long enough to observe that a sudden and atypical change in power is something that happens every ten years or so; there were no surprises today, and there probably won't be anymore in the years upcoming.

Whether Musharraf was good or bad for Pakistan, with no common figure to fight and scapegoat I don't see any reason for a coalition government created for mainly that one reason to exist any more. I'm not questioning the intent of any of the people left in power, but there comes a point when even a layman realises that what Pakistan needs is a good 20 years or so of stability, be it under good or bad leadership.

See you all in ten years time then.