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In the struggle which might be headed “Lawyers vs. Musharraf,” it looks like the Pakistani dictator is about to take another thumping. On May 17, the Pakistani Supreme Court ruled that it, not Musharraf, would have the last say about the legality of the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry. Musharraf’s move, taken on March 9, instantly propelled Chaudhry to political stardom in Pakistani. It is not completely clear that the Court will overturn Musharraf’s action. In particular, it has a tradition of creative engagement with military dictators – rarely engaging them head-on. On the other hand, the political winds in Pakistan seem very unfavorable to Musharraf at the moment.
The alternative would be for Musharraf to acknowledge a blunder and rescind his decision on Chaudhry. Carlotta Gall reports this morning in the New York Times that he is under pressure to do exactly that.
More from Scott Horton:
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Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
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Trump tweeted that “millions of people” had illegally cast ballots in last month’s presidential election, and the Washington Post identified four cases of voter fraud across the country.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."