Tear Gas and the Profession
I have been watching the events in Pakistan with interest and more than a little fear. On one hand, I realize that Pakistan is the lynchpin of American strategy in the region and an uncooperative Pakistani government would be an enormous set back to American efforts in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Worse, a Pakistani government unable to cope with Islamic extremism within Pakistan would be a nightmare. On the other hand, supporting friendly strongmen in Islamic countries has not been a policy that has paid off for the United States in the long run. Witness the fruits of our more or less unquestioning support for the Saudis and the Mubarak over the last generation.
Despite the scary prospect of instability in Pakistan, however, I have to admit that the image of thousands of lawyers protesting the arrest of the Chief Justice and the suspension of the constitution and getting tear gassed for their efforts made me proud of the profession.