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Unformatted text preview: DEMOCRACY UNSUSTAINABLE (PAKISTAN) Pakistan proves- democracy doesn’t work in some countries, leads to instability, poverty, and violence USA Today, 1/10/05 (http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/2005-01-10-democracy-pakistan_x.htm) Pakistan has been the greatest disappointment among the major states that tried democracy . It should have been a contender, having begun its nationhood with a legacy of British legal traditions, an educated political class and a vigorous press. Instead, Pakistan became a swamp of corruption, demagogy and hatred. Those who believe in democracy need to recognize an ugly truth: Military government remains Pakistan's final hope — and even that hope is a slight one. This is painful for us to accept . Well- intentioned Americans with no personal experience of the outrageous criminality that came to characterize every one of Pakistan's major political parties rebel against the notion that any military government can ever be good. Certainly, military regimes are despicable . Gen. Pervez Musharraf's government, albeit imperfect, is the sole exception in the world today. A country pieced together Pakistan is an artificial country, cobbled together from ethnically different parts and flooded early on with Muslim refugees from India — who still form a distinct social and political bloc. The Pathans of the northwest frontier have more in common with their Afghan neighbors than with the Sindhis on the other side of the Indus River, whose culture reflects that of Mughal India. The Punjabis of Lahore inhabit a different civilization from the tribesmen of Baluchistan. Pakistan's Kashmiris are something else entirely. Instead of seeking unity, Pakistan's political parties exploited internal divisions for short-term advantage. Well-educated political families, such as the Bhuttos, took a page from the Chinese nationalists, telling Westerners exactly what we wanted to hear. Preaching democracy and the rule of law abroad, they looted shamelessly at home. And they blamed the colonial powers, then America, for the destruction of a once-promising society. No matter their political allegiance, Pakistan's party bosses stole everything in sight, reducing the country to stinging poverty and stunning violence. It wasn't just the remote frontiers that became lawless, but even Karachi, Pakistan's largest city. In order to win elections, one party after another pandered to Muslim extremists. English lessons faded from the classroom , robbing the country of a great advantage it had enjoyed in a globalizing world. About 3,000 schools funded by the government were found to be non-existent "ghost schools." Rural landholders and party hacks had pocketed the money. schools funded by the government were found to be non-existent "ghost schools....
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