Pakistan’s Tragedy: Bhutto’s Assassination

With all the talk of pain, impact, and blame, it is necessary to focus on our own role in Bhutto’s assassination (TIME):

Haqqani, now a professor at Boston University, isn’t sure what the latest bloodshed means for his country. “Will the Pakistani military realize that this is going to tear the fabric of the nation apart, and so really get serious about securing the country and about getting serious in dealing with the extremist jihadis?” he wondered. But he made clear he feels the best chance for such a policy has just evaporated. “She did show courage, and she was the only person who spoke out against terrorism,” he said. “She was let down by those in Washington who think that sucking up to bad governments around the world is their best policy option.”

In putting the “war on terror” above every other foreign policy concern, we’ve overlooked tyranny and despotism.  This is bound to have an impact.  Now it may be that Pakistan’s undemocratic leadership was not to blame for this assassination.  It may have even been the work of terrorists seeking to disrupt the country politically.

But what we must face is that the divided country which faces this tragedy does so in a world our single minded foreign policy helped craft.

“”How can somebody who can shoot her get so close to her with all the so-called security?” said a distraught Husain Haqqani, a former top aide to Bhutto, shortly after news of her death flashed around the world. Haqqani, who served as a spokesman and top aide to Bhutto for more than a decade, blamed Pakistani security, either through neglect or complicity, in her assassination. “This is the security establishment, which has always wanted her out,” he said through tears.

And if it does turn out the Pakistani government played a role, through direct involvement or through purposeful indifference, then we have yet another bloody reason to take a look at our policy of supporting dictators who meet our short term military needs.

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5 Responses

  1. “, then we have yet another bloody reason to take a look at our policy of supporting dictators who meet our short term military needs.”

    True, but it ain’t gonna happen. The bankers fund the war machine and the politicians back the bankers while the military protects both. It’s quite symbiotic.

    If Bhuttos was speaking out against terrorism then there are three good reasons why they had to eliminate her. The bankers, the politicians, and the military.

    To be sure Dan you wouldn’t have to wait long before a Paul presidency followed the Bhuttos destiny for similar reasons. The difference is the electronic voting system with no paper audit trail will never let that happen.

    As significant as any other peace soldiers assassination. My condolences to the Bhuttos family and supporters.

  2. I’ve heard a lot of rumors of assassination if a number of candidates are elected. No matter who wins in 2008, I will hope that our country is not so cowardly and base as to allow such a thing to happen here.

  3. I stumbled across this and thought it was worth adding to add some light as to the reasons for her assassination.

  4. Interesting and chilling, Michael D.

    There’s so many possible reasons for her death that they’ll probably be sorting it for at least a few more years. What we do know is that this seems to be a major blow to the Pakistani psyche, even amongst those who didn’t support her. I believe Mr. Sharif, her political rival, even went to her funeral.

  5. Baekho, There’s still some doubt as to whether Mr Sharif was involved. The event was tragic, for her faimly, friends, and country.

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