After the news broke that Pakistan's Supreme Court had ousted Prime Minister Gilani, the U.S. news media went into overdrive. Fears abounded of worst-case scenarios. In fact, there's little reason to assume any of these scenarios will come to pass.
There has been much speculation about the future of democracy in Pakistan these days. Prophets of gloom are seeing generals at the ready. Optimists are hoping for a reconciliation. Reality lies between the two extremes.
Because of years of inaction and putting the interests of politicians over the people they were elected to serve, Pakistan's weak child of a democracy could succumb to the common cold. And the public will pay again.