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Submitted by Joe (United States), Jan 30, 2008 at 12:31

Shahid, you say Pakistanis would elect a moderate leadership and of course I agree, as Bhutto's party is the most popular. However, the question is can a liberal government sustain itself with Pakistan's sizeable and dangerous extremist minority? How do you know the extremist element of Pakistan wouldn't cause chaos to bring a PPP government down. Perhaps pro-PPP Pakistanis would support the Islamists just to end the terror and restore peace and order?

I know this isn't a nice thing to say, but the underlying message of our support for Musharaf is it's safer for the world if Pakistan is ruled by an iron fist. Don't you think your anger should be toward the uncompromising extremists that cause so much worry?

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