|A hero's welcome for the governor's killer|
By all accounts, Mr. Taseer was shot, at a public market, more than twenty times — and none of the other guards in the area shot at his alleged 26-year-old attacker, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, a member of an elite police force.
But one American official said, “it’s one more reason to give pause” when thinking about what could happen if a like-minded guard or scientist decided to make his point by seizing nuclear materials.
[T]he killing has further weakened the Zardari administration — so badly that almost none of the country’s top leaders were willing to attend his funeral or condemn his killing.
The weakening of Zardari's government or the fear of Islam? This is what is gradually happening in the west. The more we talk of what we can't do, because the radicals might attack ~ the way many EU governments have tried to control citizens ~ like Pakistan ~ the more we empower these radicals. The more their numbers grow. But we have to say ~ yes we can ~ because this is the 'free' world!
Later in the NYT article ~ as always, there is the financial reasons ~ for the troubles ~ but Pakistan's come in the form of perhaps not having the Saudi funding ~ which means that although the Saudis also run an intolerant society ~ with the oil wealth, they have almost unlimited funds to control it. Pakistan has expressed a wish to be the most prominent Islamic country next to S.arabia ~ but has far more people and doesn't have the revenue to control all of the religious factions. In schools they are stirring up negative and intolerant sentiment, against India ~ the idolaters and misguided Christian ~ infidels. They are free to stir these things up ~ but it should also come with the realization that it could also get out of control. Which is what has happened. More money would help them to better control the effects of their intolerant Islamic agenda.
WASHINGTON — The assassination last week of one of the most moderate politicians in the Pakistani political elite was shocking enough, even in a country known for settling religious and political disputes with a hail of gunfire.
But it was Pakistan’s reaction to the killing of the governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer — starting with the rose petals showered on the smiling accused assassin as he was led into court — that really rocked the Obama administration, as it tries to sustain its public line that the Pakistani government is a close ally, fully committed to countering terrorism.
“Everything about what’s happened in the past few days is a reminder of how we’re still losing ground in Pakistan,” said one administration official who deals with the country often, but would not speak on the record because public criticism of Pakistan’s two governments — its weak civilian leadership and its always-dominant military — is avoided at all cost. “It’s trouble on many different levels.”
Three levels, at least, and at each a threat to assumptions that underlie the Obama administration’s strategy. One is that Pakistan is moving toward the West, even if sporadically. Another is that the United States can gradually deal more with Pakistan’s elected government, and less with its military. The third, and most critical, is that Pakistan’s expanding nuclear arsenal is truly safe from betrayal by insiders.