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Thursday, April 24, 2008

On the brink, on the verge, failing, failed?

Pakistan is on the brink...Pakistan is on the verge...Pakistan is failing....failed...

Words used without abandon, without consideration, without reflection about a state with 160 million bodies, if not souls.

Brink of what precipice? Verge of what disaster? Failing in what? Where? Failed? Then what about some other states that I would not name here that are in worse shape....have they ceased to exist?

What word would I use (you may ask)?



For 60+ years Pakistan and Pakistanis have been coping:
- with cesarean birth under tenuous circumstances
- with deaths of guide and mentor
- with power grab by khakis in collusion with babus
- with forced dismemberment
- with corruption, greed, callousness, rights abuses
- with power usurpation
- with catastrophes - natural and self made

And with what skies delivers or earth spits the state and the nation show a resiliency. They cope.

Coping is not an ideal state for existence. In fact, this elongated coping can lead to mediocrity. Which is the real danger.


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