December 29, 2007



I can see a small amount of complicity from the Paki military but only slightly. I think tdaxp said something along the lines of "let it happen." Maybe but they stand to gain little from the incredible disruption Bhutto's death has caused. Though I suppose the upheaval does give them an excuse to reassert martial law.


Good points. The clampdown began shortly after the killing.

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One consequence of the King riots were attacks against uninvolved but market-oriented third parties, such as the Koreans:

"By the second day the violence appeared widespread and unchecked. The Korean American community, which perceived the first day's events as an abandonment of Koreatown, swiftly organized a self-defense squad composed of veteran Marines and workers, who entered the fray. Open gun battles were televised as Korean shopkeepers and the self-defense group took to using firearms to protect their businesses from crowds of looters." [1]

In Pakistan, the KFCs are burning. [2]

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Los_Angeles_riots#Second_day_.28Thursday.2C_April_30.29
[2] http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22981031-2,00.html?from=mostpop

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At least when I began reading the site, "Democratic Underground" commentators were found on the phrases LIHOP (Let It Happen on Purpose) and MIHOP (Make It Happen on Purpose) .

DUers tend to debate whether or not Bush LIHOP'd or MIHOP'd 9/11, but they are useful concepts in spite of their fans.

In the case of Pakistan, I suspect LIHOP.


Yeah, that's actually what I thought of when Soob used that phrase.

As for the King beating, that's an interesting connection you draw with the Koreans. I remember the riots well. Terrifying situation, really.

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Robert Patterson links to some evidence for the LIHOP perspective



Yeah, I heard about the PMC angle.

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