Riding the Tiger

Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf ended 2003 on a crescendo of high notes. Last week, the country's National Assembly passed constitutional amendments that legitimized the army general as the lawful President of Pakistan, four years after he seized power in a bloodless coup. Pakistan's economy is the healthiest it's been in years—GDP grew more than 5% in 2003—while chances for peace in strife-torn Kashmir appear greater than at any time in recent memory: over the weekend, Musharraf welcomed to his capital city of Islamabad leaders from six South Asian countries, including his nemesis Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, against whom he almost...

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