Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Who's hot? Who's not?

HOT: Pervez Musharraf (Pakistan)

The general has been down so long, that anything looks like up to him. So when Musharraf declared martial law this week, even his innumerable enemies had to concede that Musharraf still has enough political juice to be reckoned with. Is the state of emergency a desperate move to retain power? Will his bizarre assault on Pakistan's judges and lawyers capture the imagination of the public? Will the scolding by the United States help, or harm his reputation with Pakistan's intransigent intelligence services?

He's got nowhere to go but down from here, but for today? The man is red hot.

NOT HOT: Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)

At long last, the world is getting ready for a Zimbabwe without Robert Mugabe. At 83 years old, he no longer has the energy or political will to keep control of the ruling ZANU-PF party. Could anyone have imagined five years ago that the ZANU-PF leadership would be talking about ousting Mugabe in a coup d'etat? Of course not. Mugabe's pitiful plans to run for re-election one more time are looking more and more like the pleas of a tired old man to go out on top. We're betting he'll be out long before the 2008 elections.


mah29001 said...

I would not fully trust the likes of either Musharraf as much as I despise the likes of Robert Mugabe. There's something certianly not right with someon elike Musharraf who supports the likes of Iran's nuclear program along with opposing a U.S.-led military strike against Iran to crush its nuke program.

Hmm, some ally Musharraf turned out to be. I also don't trust Bhutto since some of her family members also engage in terrorism in Pakistan and in the rest of the world and are no better than the would-be Islamist takeovers of Pakistan.

beakerkin said...

Musharaf has wasted his moment. His real enemy is in the North and Bhutto is irrelevant.

However, his Army seems unwilling or unable to take the fight to the Northern lawless area.