With the U.S. paying over $100 million a month in support and aid to the military dictatorship government in Pakistan since 9/11, combined with the new crackdown on political opposition, the big question is whether the U.S. is supporting the same conditions and same sort of unpopular cruel dictatorship that fueled the 1979 revolution in Iran.
In 1941, the allied states first brought Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi into power to funnel support to stop Nazi aggression. Later during the Cold War with the former Soviet Union, the U.S. continued to strongly support the heavy-handed dictatorship of the Shah in Iran, ignoring international human rights concerns about his oppression and cruelty at home. All of this only helped to fuel the 1979 revolution in Iran, and the continued hatred of the U.S. today.
Mr. Bush may timidly ask for general elections to be held on schedule in Pakistan and other almost window dressing requests that really fall far short of what should be expected from a nation like the U.S. that continues to prop up the Pakistani military dictatorship with massive amounts of cash only because they are somewhat helpful on the issue of international terrorism. But even that Pakistani help on the terrorism issue is very limited, with the military government of Pakistan actually making a recent "truce" with Taliban elements near the Afghanistan border which no doubt contain many Al Qaeda fighters or even Osama Bin Laden himself.
The military government of Pakistan may be setting itself up for it's own ruination and ultimate revolution due to it's own heavy-handed treatment of any political opposition and the jailing of as much as 1/3 of all lawyers in the nation. And the U.S. itself could well be identified as the main entity keeping this terrible government in power, and like the case of Iran, become an object of wrath for the new government once this revolution happens. And oh yes, there's the issue of the nuclear weapons in Pakistan as well.
In the high stakes game of international politics, backing the wrong government that is losing public support can mean trouble for years and years afterward.
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