Friday, October 22, 2010

Oi Zardari! There's a Stone Heading Your Way. Wear a Helmet Mr President.

I enjoy prognostication, and I hadn't done it in a long time; so it was entertaining reading Cyril Almeida predicting more instability for this civilian government (after the strange near run thing that happened last weekend) and lays out it's options:

the government has a choice: strengthen its armour to fend off the next crisis better or hope to limp through it and somehow emerge on other side, even weaker but still alive.

- Breathing Room, Cyril Almeida

As a citizen of that country, all I can do is ask our government to, if it can't protect its citizens, at least protect its own damn self.

Like Almeida points out in the article itself, there are a few things that the government could do to make things easier on itself, and the instability hounded people (and forestall the instability hunting media) of Pakistan:

For various reasons — internally for judicial reasons and externally for political reasons — the court isn’t really in a position to put the government to the rack; it appears limited to being an occasional, and occasionally serious, annoyance.

This provides an opening for the government to broker a détente. Call off the attack dogs whispering into ears in Islamabad; rein in the noisy, and noisome, Babar Awan & co; cooperate with suo moto actions into second-tier corruption tales; and get serious about the business of governance on at least some fronts.

- Breathing Room, Cyril Almeida

Zardri and co. should at least have the sense to protect themselves, and by extension, the symbols of an already racked federation. We know these jackasses won't so maybe we should all scream at them to do so.

4 comments:

Alpha Za said...

unfortunately, they are all morons. It's their world, we're just living in it.

TLW said...

I don't think they're that big a bunch of idiots. As a person who's studied finance, you probably have to realise that Zardari did not get to be the second richest man in the country without having some real L33T financial skillz. I bet if this guy had gone to Wall Street he'ld be the chacha of all off them.

And Murtaza, it CAN become our world. Heck, if you're a Pakistani, with a laptop, and decent English speaking/reading/writing skills, it means, if not the world, then Pakistan, is certainly owned by you.

Alpha Za said...

I think you over estimate them. Blanket corruption is just less articulate ways of stealing money.

It's not financial skill, once you have direct access to both the country's exchequer and foreign procurement, it becomes remarkably easy.

If he'd gone to wallstreet, he'd have been outsmarted and be rotting in a US prison.

I think you are over estimating the power of the English speaking elite in an electoral system.

TLW said...

I think you over estimate them.

Blanket corruption is just less articulate ways of stealing money.

It's either that or the institutionalised corruption of the military weapons procurement process.

It's not financial skill

You'ld be surprised. When you have large sums of real money to play monopoly with, you can end up with consultants who can teach things and open doors beyond what any university professor could hope.

once you have direct access to both the country's exchequer and foreign procurement, it becomes remarkably easy.

Did you know that after BB and AAZ had been kicked out of Pakistan, they were netting money from the Oil for Food scandal/network? Imagine that, stealing money NOT from ordinary Pakistanis.

If he'd gone to wallstreet, he'd have been outsmarted and be rotting in a US prison.

I don't know, America just makes the usual sleaze we have in Pakistan more smarter, calculating and manipulative. I've seen the type and heard stories in North America.

I think you are over estimating the power of the English speaking elite in an electoral system.

First off, Murtaza please don't insult the English language by saying that these politicans are part of the "English" speaking elite. And I never implied that these people could "outsmart" the general public, but the general public that screams loudest against them is the middle class/PML-N/maybe MQM crowd, or non-voters. The politicans are the outer shell of the Pakistani elite, the inner shell being the rich businessmen, bureaucrats/judges and military (maybe some media barons, too). But all these factions depend on each other, and it's better to have the politicians out front. I prefer these clowns to the military any day.