Saturday, January 7, 2012

Shocker! Musharraf says recognize Israel, they're not going away

I don't think Musharraf was thinking optimistically, I think it is more along the lines of resignation to the fact of Israel's existence.  This will be interesting, as Pakistan is a hotbed of conspiracy theories about Israeli/Zionist and American plots to take over Pakistan (and the world.)  How his words will affect his chances at a political comeback should be obvious, however there is always the chance his charisma and popularity give him a real shot at the presidency.

If he is not murdered first.  The attempts against his life when he was the fearless leader caused him to step down, there is no reason they won't try again, to prevent him from gaining any real power.

From Reuters/Yahoo January 7, 2012 by Qasim Nauman

Pakistan ties with Israel? Why not, asks Musharraf

ISLAMABAD (Reuters)Pakistan should consider establishing ties with Israel, said exiled former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, remarks likely to anger many in the Muslim-majority country where he hopes to make a political comeback.
Musharraf, who resigned in 2008 in disgrace, has said he plans to return to Pakistan this month, despite possible arrest, in order to participate in a parliamentary election due by 2013.
On Sunday, he is scheduled to address a rally via video in Pakistan's biggest city and commercial hub, Karachi, sources in his recently formed All Pakistan Muslim League said.
Speaking in favour of relations with Israel could make Musharraf more unpopular, especially among militants who made several attempts on his life with bombings because of his support for the U.S. "war on terror" following the 9/11 attacks.
Those same groups want the destruction of Israel.
"There is nothing to lose by trying to get on Israel's good side," Musharraf, a former army chief, told the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz in an interview carried on its website.
"Pakistan also needs to keep readjusting its diplomatic stand toward Israel based on the mere fact that it exists and is not going away."
That kind of talk could comfort Israel, which is increasingly nervous because Islamist groups opposed to the Jewish state have been making political gains in Arab states following revolts that brought down autocrats in the region.
Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment on Musharraf's remarks.
Read it all

No comments: