A Lesson in American Exceptionalism from Pakistan Chaos

General Pervez Musharraf's November 3, 2007 Proclamation of Emergency and the consequent suspension of Pakistan's Constitution and various "fundamental rights" remind us of America's cherished notion of unalienable human rights and freedom.Legal minds in and out of Pakistan can argue all they want about whether the current state of martial law is authorized by the emergency provisions of Pakistan's 1973 Constitution or whether it is really an "illegal, ultra-constitutional" measure. But such discussion misses the key point: the "rights" of Pakistani citizens, as described in their now suspended Constitution, are founded on the faulty premise that governments issue rights to their citizens.The preamble of Pakistan's Constitution contains the seemingly positive statement that:Therein shall be guaranteed fundamental rights, including equality of status, of opportunity and before law, social, economic and political justice, and freedom of thought, expression,...(Read Full Article)

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