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Pakistan's culture of violence : Comments

By Saleem Khan, published 31/12/2007

Benazir Bhutto was not what the media and the Bush Administration claimed her to be.

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Democracy is forthcoming in Pakistan we read, yet the Pakistan political parties appear undemocratic in their process. They seem to all operate as feudal dynasties, and leadership of the respective parties is passed on to the next family member in line.

Surely its the country and its people that come first, not the family business!
Posted by Kipp, Monday, 31 December 2007 1:36:14 PM
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I see this as a highly informative entry, though remain unfamiliar with the author, though his credentials are imposing. Being unfamiliar with Pakistan, yet active in keeping up with world affairs, I wonder about the separation between religion and state in Pakistan. From the U.S.A., where I sit, it doesn't seem there is much separation at all; therefore, this tradition of violent unrest seems the active demon in the barn. If the Bhuttos are truly feudal, and since feudalism is at center not nationally inclined, but of private property and power, this would seem an added flaw to any possibility of democracy in Pakistan. This appears to raise an almost hopeless people'scape for the poor and underpowered.
Posted by Mergatroid, Monday, 31 December 2007 1:50:52 PM
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When one lives by the sword (power, money and assumption of status), be prepared that someone else has a sword!
Posted by Kipp, Monday, 31 December 2007 6:28:22 PM
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A simple message of love... to bin Ladin and his minions.. to the Pakistan Army.. "The army which has a country" rather than the Army OF a country. 'Biggest property developer in Pakistan.. the Army"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWYZAnVSGKY

Listen to every glorious syllable.

"Jesus died to make men holy, let us live to make men free" key thought.
Posted by BOAZ_David, Monday, 31 December 2007 7:24:50 PM
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We have just voted out the most successful party of the last forty yrs and not a drop of blood was shed.Pakistan is ruled by chaos,religious ignorance and tribal hatreds.What lunatic gave them nuclear weapons?It matters not one iota who is in power,since leaders just reflect the psyche of the general population.Could it have something to do with the religion?

Presently we are bringing this mentality into our country via immigration.How long will it be before we too,become like those whom we pity?
Posted by Arjay, Monday, 31 December 2007 8:19:26 PM
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What BBC viewers think

The BBC has a "have your say" bulletin board on its website. Viewers can post their comments on topical issues.

A feature of the BBC's bulleting board is that posters may recommend the contribution of other posters. If I see a post of yours that expresses my thoughts I can give it a "tick."

Here, at the time of writing, are the top 5 most recommended posts on the topic of the Bhutto assassination.

(1)
That's the way politics works with The Religion of Peace. (810 recommendations)

(2)
Religion of Peace strikes agaiin. (692)

(3)
When will these 'moderate' Muslims we keep hearing so much about rise up and demonstrate in the streets against these suicide bombers and other extremists who have 'hijacked' Islam? Why is it the only demonstrations we see are Muslims angry at the West, screaming 'Death to America' and 'Death to Israel'? It is PAST TIME to scream 'Death to Extremists.'. (634)

(4)
Quite interesting that India and Pakistan were the same country with the same people. When the people split and two nations were born, democratic Hindu (secular laws) India now flourishes, whereas the democracy-phobic Pakistan with its Islamic citizens has been a total failure. (608 recommendations)

Now the task for the Muslims and left wingers is to somehow try and blame Israel and America for this. (608 recommendations)

(5)
Is this another example of the wonderful tolerance for which, or so we are constantly being told, Islam is famous?
Its time the rest of the world stopped making excuses for this barbaric, dark ages way of life and completely condemned the casual brutality continually perpetrated by so many of the religion's supporters. (542 recommendations)

I found no posts in defence of Islam in the top 15.

See:

http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?sortBy=2&forumID=3985&edition=2&ttl=20071231210244&#paginator

(But, remember, it may have changed by the time you click on the link)

Whatever the BBC's editorial policy, its viewers seem to have little doubt about the nature of Islam and its role in the Bhutto assassination.
Posted by stevenlmeyer, Tuesday, 1 January 2008 8:43:32 AM
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