"Marc A. Schindler" wrote:

> I was wrong for the right reason.

<sigh> That should of course have read "right for the wrong reason." My point was that 
the islamicists are gaining control of Pakistan's parliamentary system, that this will 
increase pressure on the military government, which will not relinquish power 
willingly, and when the cork does pop, the US will have another group of 65-odd 
million upset at it for propping up the military regime
in the first place. And they'll have the bomb, already tested.

> They look placed to control either main party's coalition. The regional government 
>they won is in the Northwest Frontier, too -- as in Khyber Pass and Peshawar. Voter 
>turnout has been very poor, as most Pakistanis realize the election is a sham 
>(contrary to what Bush's press spokesman seems to think). This will just increase the 
>pressure on the
> pressure cooker there.
>
> Mark Gregson wrote:
>
> >
> > -- Marc --
> > I said they'd win a majority of the seats set aside for general election, and that 
>they have done, both in regional and in the national parliament.
> >
> > -- Me --
> > How have they won a majority of the seats set aside for general election?  There 
>are 272 general seats.  60 are reserved for women and another 10 are reserved for 
>minority religious groups.  That leaves 202 general sets.  The fundamentalists have 
>apparently won 14 so far, of 40 reporting.  That is not a majority of all the seats 
>and is not a majority of the seats reporting so far.
> >
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling 
short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
--Michelangelo Buonarroti

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