<a href="http://www.kashmirherald.com/marapr04/editorial.html">i have been critical of president Musharraf of pakistan</a>. actually, i have been more critical of the way he went from a terroristic leader to an ally with so much ease. we have a history of backing a guy who turns out to be evil and an enemy (e.g., osama, saddam) so i am still leery of this "friendship" out of necessity with a guy who has nuclear weapons and was recently on our list of terroristic nations until shortly after 9/11. in any regard, this guy was in new york today and he clearly gets it:<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf promised Monday to "end the presence of al-Qaida" in his country but said the United States could gain the confidence of Muslims only by working to resolve the many international disputes that affect Islamic people. <br><br>"The Muslim world feels as if it is being targeted, and this needs to be addressed," Musharraf told an audience at a Manhattan hotel. <br><br>He said the first priority should be the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but attention should focus further on poverty and illiteracy, which he said were "at the core of terrorism." <p><hr></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--musharraf0920sep20,0,6636632.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire">link</a><br><br>how is it that i get it and this former terroristic leader of a president get it, but bush still thinks they hate us because of our democracy? why is it that the anonymous CIA author who is an expert on the middle east also repeated much of what Musharraf said, yet bush simplifies the matters down to them hating us for our freedoms? either the president is very dumb or he really thinks people in the U.S. are dumb. which is it?<br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato