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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Terrible News.

Musharraf finally got her.

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at the end of a campaign rally, aides said.

"The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred," Bhutto's lawyer Babar Awan said.
So much for the only leader who could challenge Musharraf's power in Pakistan.

It seems the United States is always willing to support the most extreme, the most brutal dictators in the Middle East, as long as they are willing to at least give the appearance of being in accord with our interests. I thought that Musharraf had clearly stepped over the line when he agreed to shelter Osama bin Laden; then he declared a state of emergency and went after the press and other influential dissenters, but we still kept giving him billions of dollars to support our "war on terror." What does Musharraf have to do to fall out of favor with the Bush Administration?

Perhaps the outright assassination of his rival will at least keep us from subsidizing him further, but I highly doubt it. We're too afraid of the Islamofascists who might replace him, you know. A secular dictator is always better than a religious one, right?

Except when it's Saddam Hussein, apparently.

3 comments:

Flying Junior said...

This is an assasination of great magnitude and devastation. Bhutto's supporters are in intense grief. The mood is for revenge. Repercussions will be felt across the globe.

Southern Beale said...

Musharraf finally got her.


But ... but .... but .. Bush & Condi say it was Al Qaeda!!! You're not buying that either, huh?

madamab said...

Southern Beale -

Heh. Not buying it. I might trust Condi if she told me Manolos were on sale, but that's about it.

I mean, if Bush was really hoping to prop up opposition to Musharraf's regime, isn't it a bit bizarre that Bush told Musharraf to proceed with the elections - in two weeks!? Wouldn't it be more appropriate to allow the opposition party to regroup and choose another candidate???

Nope. Condi urged Benazir Bhutto to go back to Pakistan. She did, and she was killed. Bhutto herself said in an email to the press - to be released on the event of her death - that she was not getting the protection she needed, and that if she were to be killed, she would blame Musharraf.

Personally, I blame both the Bushies and the dictator. But that's because I've seen this movie too many times...