Saturday, November 03, 2007
New Pakistan Album
General Musharraf of Pakistan announced a state of emergency today.
I can't claim to understand all the nuances of the issues in Pakistan. This country is not at war, but it wasn't the calmest place in 1998 when I went through it in a Dragoman truck, on an 8-week overland trip called "The Great Asian Journey." There were plenty of security problems then, and that was before 9/11.
Terror wars, drug wars, the former British Empire, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan--this is right next door to the front lines. Throw in economic, educational, urban vs. rural, and religious disparities. Mix with government trying to strike a balance between domestic factions and international demands and it gets complicated indeed.
I was inspired to scan in some of my Pakistan photos this morning, since I assume it's off-limits for touring for now. Have a look.