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Musharraf’s Defeat

By on 2.19.08 | 9:54AM

I'm not going to pretend to be an expert in the complicated political system over in Pakistan, and will be reading intensely over the next days and weeks to try to sort through these election results to get a sense of how the changes will affect our relationship with the country, how much cooperation we can expect to receive in fighting terrorism, and, most importantly, how secure their nuclear weapons are. But it strikes me as good news that the Islamic religious parties were routed in the North West Frontier, where the Taliban and Al Qaeda have found safe havens. This would seem to suggest that to whatever extent there is anti-Americanism in Pakistan, it hasn't translated into widespread popular support for radical Islam.

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