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In a move reminiscent of the Vietnam-era logic that justified destroying a village to save it from communism, Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf has suspended his country’s constitution for the sake of saving its democracy. That decision is only the latest in a series of missteps that have undermined the government in Islamabad and contributed to instability in Pakistan.

Mr. Musharraf must reverse course. He should end the state of emergency, release political prisoners, take off his uniform and hold national elections before Feb. 15, 2008, as promised.

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