A new poll shows that in Pakistan, sentiment is growing among young people for the country to be ruled through Islamic law or military control rather than through a democratic political system. One lesson is that when a political system becomes so saturated with corruption, as Pakistan’s is, public support inevitably will weaken. Another lesson is that public confidence in civilian government can be threatened when, as in Pakistan, the military insists on intruding on civilian authority. All in all, Pakistan suffers from a lamentable combination of these two political failures.
In the town of Hypoluxo, Fla., a Marine veteran who spent time in Iraq has found himself in trouble. His crime? Flying the American flag. Town officials say the issue wasn’t Greg Schaffer’s flag but the flagpole, which didn’t meet building code regulations. But the Palm Beach Post reports there may be a flag-waving ending. Schaffer said a contractor who heard about his problem volunteered to draft plans and incur all costs to help it meet code. “It’s good to see people out there who give a damn,” he said.