Memo to Pakistan: Get. A. Grip. It’s a cartoon, and it didn’t even appear in Washington’s number one paper. Granted, it lacked sensitivity to your, er, sensitivities, but it seems a feeble reason to topple your leader.
Of course, as Oprah always says when something ostensibly picayune elicits this kind of overblown reaction (my reworking of Oprah—I’ve never actually heard her use the words “ostensibly picayune”), clearly, something else is going on. And in this case that something else is this: the Islamists are looking to oust Musharraf any way they can. They want to install their own totalitarian Salafists in office and turn Pakistan into yet another Islamist dystopia (as opposed to what it is now: a barely-functioning secular dystopia trying to fend off the Islamists)—only one without all the oil. And if a cartoon in a Washington newspaper can help them do it, then, dammit, that’s what they’ll use.
Sidenote: There’s an article to be written about the accidental humour of spell-check. I should start keeping track of its hilariously inappropriate suggestions. For example, it just encouraged me to change “Musharraf” to “mascara”.
Now that really is an insult.