From Yahoo! News :
opposition leader was assassinated Thursday by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up. Her death stoked new chaos across the nuclear-armed nation, an important U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.
At least 20 others were also killed in the attack on the rally for Jan. 8 parliamentary elections where the 54-year-old former prime minister had just spoken.
Her supporters erupted in anger and grief after her killing, attacking police and burning tires and election campaign posters in several cities. At the hospital where she died, some smashed glass and wailed, chanting slogans against. One person was killed in the violent aftermath of the assassination.
Musharraf blamed Islamic extremists for Bhutto’s death and said he would redouble his efforts to fight them.
“This is the work of those terrorists with whom we are engaged in war,” he said in a nationally televised speech. “I have been saying that the nation faces the greatest threats from these terrorists. … We will not rest until we eliminate these terrorists and root them out.”
I don’t usually post political news during the week, I generally save that commentary for Sunday. But I felt this merited a post because this is a point in human history that doesn’t look well at all. Bhutto must’ve known that she was a marked person the moment she stepped foot back into Pakistan. Her enemies surely must’ve sent threats of all kinds. But she carried on anyway, knowing that at any moment her life would be snuffed out as it surely was. Her belief in democracy for Muslim nations and equality for women in these places were her cause, faith and strength. It’ll be a long time before another takes up her cause. I hope I’m wrong.
Did Bu$hco’s sock puppet Musharraf have a hand in this, in order to stall the forth-coming elections? His power is already on shaky ground and the Muslim version of Christian Dominionism is breathing down the back of his neck. As of this moment, the U.S.A. is sending troops to help shore up his power and to secure the warlord provinces. Not to mention we’ve been staging wargames to help secure Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.
I hate to say that this was inevitable, but it sure didn’t look like a wise idea for Bhutto to enter the country after all of this time in exile. As I mentioned earlier, she must’ve known she was on borrowed time.
That takes a special kind of courage to put one’s life on the line for the sake of an ideal for one’s country. Especially if half the population hates you.
We had that at one time. In 1776.