Must tyrants return from obscurity to run in free elections? Why can’t ex-dictators just slip quietly into the night after years of running roughshod over an entire population and enjoy a luxurious life in exile?

Simple answer? Ego.

Pervez Musharraf says that he has put his “life in danger” to “save Pakistan.” It seems more reasonable to conclude that he couldn’t resist the opportunity to muck up a democratic process that is already teeming with problems. Claims Musharraf: “I am not scared of anyone but God.” Apparently risking martyrdom is a small price to pay for the remotest possibility of glory to be gained at the ballot box.

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