"ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 5 — Police armed with tear gas and clubs attacked thousands of protesting lawyers in the city of Lahore today, and rounded up lawyers in other cities as the government of the Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, faced the first signs of concerted resistance to the imposition of emergency rule.
An estimated 150 lawyers were arrested in Lahore after a pitched battle between police and lawyers who stood on the roof of the High Court throwing stones at the police below. Some of the lawyers had bleeding heads as they were shoved into police vans, and some fainted in the clouds of tear gas."Pakistan is one of those conundrums. If Musharraf wasn't an ally of convenience in the war on terror, he would certainly be an enemy. Yet the possibility of a fundamentalist Islamic state in Pakistan is less palatable than a military dictatorship. This is one of those battles like the Communism vs. Fascism fight in Spain pre-WWII or the Iran/Irag war of the 80's where you really hope that no one wins and that both sides just beat each other to a pulp.
In that vein we're also stuck with choosing between the tyrant of the police state and the petty tyrants of the legal system. What does it say about lawyers that I'm having trouble picking sides?