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US Second Worst In Carbon Dioxide Emissions

The annual Climate Change Performance Index that was recently released showed Sweden as doing the most outstanding job while the United States was deemed to be second from last among nations of the world in confronting this serious global issue. The index compiled by Germanwatch, a nonprofit climate research institute based in Berlin and Bonn, evaluates and ranks the climate protection performance of 56 industrialized nations that account for 90% of global carbon emissions. On this year’s list, Sweden retained its top spot while Saudi Arabia was deemed the most irresponsible emitter among the world’s major economies. Of course, the United States followed closely behind its ally. The scale weighs three factors, emissions(50% of a nation’s score, upward or downward trend of total emissions(30%), and the strength of a government’s climate policies(20%). The index rank is from one(very good) to five(very poor). The average of the 56 nations is 3.9. Compared to last year, Denmark, Ireland, and Japan slipped while Mexico, Spain and China made marked improvements.

Hopefully, a change in administration in 2008 will result in a government which is concerned that the United States rise rather than fall in this index of responsibility.

Taliban Execute Seven Afghan Policemen

As American troops fight in the streets of Baghdad in the Bush surge, fighting continues escalating in Afghanistan where yesterday, the bodies of seven policemen were found hanging from trees with their arms and legs slashed. The figure for the number of dead in Afghanistan has now risen to 6,000 this year which marks a new high for those killed. It increasingly is apparent the Taliban are expanding their base of operations in Afghanistan and moving more insurgents into northern areas which previously had been more peaceful. A question which eventually must be answered by the United States is whether there is a necessity of enforcing an “Afghan Surge” in which thousands of fresh United States army troops are sent to fight in the nation they evacuated in order to take part in Bush’s Iraq war fiasco. There is growing reluctance on the part of several NATO nations to have their troops in Afghanistan engage in military action, preferring their talents be used to economically develop the nation or train Afghan fighting forces.

Bhutto-Musharrf Gulf Widens As Mistrust Increases

Ms. Benazir Bhutto expressed dissatisfaction with the initial official report on the suicide bombing that greeted her arrival home. It appears Musharraf warned her about possible attacks and asked Bhutto to delay returning, but Ms. Bhutto named three suspects behind the attack in her letter to the president, she claimed the conspirators were “people with powerful positions in government and included “a close friend of the president.” The strange alliance between two arrogant and self centered individuals had strains from the beginning but each needed the other for self interest. Musharrf is increasingly unpopular while Bhutto has popularity but also angers fundamentalist elements in the population

According to the Lahore Daily Times, Bhutto has named specific men including the PUnjab chief minister Caudhry Pervaiz Elahi and a former intelligence officer. By naming specific people, Ms. Bhutto has added a new strain to their relationship. Does President Musharraf take action against his close allies because Ms. Bhutto claims they are conspiring against her? The two allies are trapped in their own strengths and weaknesses, Ms. Bhutto has the support of many moderate components of the Pakistan population while Musharraf is trying to walk the thin line of maintaining his conservative support without alienating moderates and vice versa.

Pakistan is divided and there is no doubt terrorists will continue with their efforts to kill Musharraf and Bhutto. What will happen if either or both of them are killed? Has anyone in the Bush administration considered that possibility?