Monday, March 23, 2009
WASHINGTON: The prestigious Foreign Policy magazine has issued a list of world’s top 13 losers and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan figures in the top five on the list.
The magazine said the 13 choices for this month ranked by just how little sympathy we should have for them.
Placing Asif Ali Zardari at No 5, the magazine said: “Zardari was known to be a bad guy long before he became Pakistan’s president.
Many of the closest friends of his late wife, Benazir Bhutto, could not stand him. Now, as it turns out, neither can most of the Pakistani people.
Locked in a bitter struggle with opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, Zardari showed his weakness by capitulating to demands to reinstate Pakistan’s former Chief Justice per Sharif’s demands.
Now in a desperate attempt to reassert control of his own party, he may be plotting the ouster of his prime minister according to Indian press reports.
He’s on the ropes, his opposition is gaining strength, and meanwhile fraught, dangerous, complex Pakistan is hardly being governed at all.”
The other big losers, according to the FP magazine are US Democratic Senator Chris Dodd (No 4), who “as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee was at the centre of a fat-donations-from-Wall Street-equals-zero-oversight-from-Congress culture that helped get the world into this mess in the first place.”
At No 3 is US swindler Bernie Madoff who defrauded US taxpayers of $60 billion and who “for a decade and a half he went to bed every night knowing that he was lying, cheating, faking trades, committing fraud, and putting his and countless other families at grievous risk. And yet he lived his life like a king.”
The Roman Catholic Pope is the second biggest loser because, FP magazine says, “he’s out of touch with the real world” and his papacy is “a disaster.”
The No 1 on the list is Austrian businessman Josef Fritzl, who locked his daughter in a cellar and fathered seven children with her and who sees himself as a born rapist, a victim of his own tyrannical mother. Fritzl, 73, is awaiting trial for sexually abusing and incarcerating Elisabeth, 42, in a purpose-built dungeon beneath his house in the town of Amstetten.
He fathered seven children by her, one of whom died shortly after birth and Fritzl burnt his body in an oven.
Others on the FP list are Edward Liddy (No 13) executive of US giant AIG; Forbes Billionaires List (No 12), the official magazine of Wall Street greed; Eliot Spitzer (No 11) also of AIG; British PM Gordon Brown (No 10); Israeli political Netahanyahu (No 9); and three US economic managers at No 8, 7 and 6.