Pardoning A National Hero

Usually, when scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan appeared on Pakistan's state TV, it was to receive another gold medal for building the country's nuclear bomb. But last week Khan, a hero to Pakistanis and many others in the Islamic world, came on the air, ashen and visibly shaken, to confess that he had sold Pakistan's nuclear secrets to Libya, Iran and North Korea. He begged for President Pervez Musharraf's pardon--and, to the chagrin of many Western intelligence agencies that regard Khan as the world's most dangerous nuclear proliferator, it was granted the next day. "He has made mistakes, but he is...

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