Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is on an eight-day long trip to Europe. He must think it is OK to leave for a bit, that nothing will happen, that the army can handle anything. Also see Stanley Kurtz’s lengthy review essay in the current Claremont Review of Books on books by Akbar S. Ahmed, and especially his focus on this book and its clear explanation of tribal ways in South Waziristan, and how the Brits used to deal with it. Also note that just yesterday, South Waziristan was in the news again. This will continue, of course.
Somebody quietly tipped Parvez that his time is about up, and a trip abroad would be a really good idea about now.
Then the trip will last longer than eight days. Considering the alternatives, DaveK, I sure hope you are wrong.