The World Bank has today announced an increase in its assistance to Pakistan. That would be the country led by a military dictator, General Musharraf, who took office in a coup in 1999 and was recently criticised by the Commonwealth for reneging on his promise to to relinquish the post of Chief of Army Staff as part of the process of restoring democracy in Pakistan.
You may remember that Condeleeza Rice said in June:
For 60 years, my country, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region here in the Middle East — and we achieved neither. Now, we are taking a different course.
Not much sign of change. Strategic alliances and stability before democracy. As ever.