Monday, November 5, 2007

Pervez Musharraf Is No Abraham Lincoln

In a speech given on November 3, 2007, Pakistan's president/dictator Pervez Musharraf compared himself to Abraham Lincoln. Musharraf dared to compare his actions of suspending his country's constitution, removing judges, and suspending basic rights to those which Lincoln took during the U.S. Civil War.

Mr. Musharraf fails to understand one basic point: President Lincoln was a democratically elected leader who was trying, at the end, to eliminate slavery and stop armed insurrection in the United States. Musharraf is a dictator who seized power in a military coup, arrests those who oppose him, and does everything in his power to prevent democracy in Pakistan. Lincoln, on the other hand, was trying to preserve government "of the people, by the people, for the people."

President Musharraf is no Abraham Lincoln.

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