Monday, October 03, 2005

President Musharraf, Insensitive Jerk

a couple of weeks back, the Saviour of Pakistan claimed never to have gotten naked with George Bush: "Let me assure you that President Bush never talks about when are you taking your uniform off," Musharraf said before offering an energetic defense of his democratic credentials.

In the same interview, he responded to the Mukhtar Mai case - a Pakistani woman gang-raped by fellow villagers and then effectively gagged from talking about it abroad by the Musharraf regime. Gen. Pervez Musharraf said "You must understand the environment in Pakistan. This has become a moneymaking concern. A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped."

Then, in Raven's telling of the story:
After much outrage in the press (both local and foreign), protests by women’s groups and activists, public criticism by the Canadian Prime Minister, a rape victim, and Pakistan’s leading human rights campaigner, the Saviour of Pakistan has denied saying that some rape victims use their ordeal to get visas to Canada and become millionaires.

Said President Musharraf: "I am not stupid to make such remarks."[1,2]

However, the Post is sticking by the story, providing this audio file of the interview, showing he actually spoke for several seconds along the same lines. (There's also the 9-minute version here.)

The Whitehouse response? "I’m not here to play judge about whether or not he was quoted accurately.” [WP via Reality Cafe].

Raven's response?
Google bomb President Musharraf. Here’s what you need to do. Create a hyperlink to President Musharraf’s web page — — and put insensitive jerk in the text.

Like so: insensitive jerk

UPDATE: Editorial in the Post: Gen. Musharraf 's Lies


Incidentally, the General is "anti-war" in the sense that he is against America being in Iraq. Draw your own implications.


While I'm here, I'll contribute to a couple more google bomb projects: Tom DeLay is an unabashed partisan zealot [ref], some anti-war peace protestors are violent, Silvio Berlusconi is a buffone, and Tony Blair is a sincere liar.


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Tag: Pakistan

1 comment:

W Malik said...

You son of a bitch! Its you who the jerk is! ever been to a spa??Where are these molvies from?