Benazir Bhutto Has Been Assassinated
Less than an hour ago former Pakistani Prime Minister Bhutto was killed while addressing a rally. Apparently she was first shot and this was followed up by a suicide bombing that created a large explosion. Reportedly somewhere around 20 people were killed by the bomb. The outdoor rally was taking place in city near the Pakistani capital. She is someone I honor for her bravery.
Whle the Bush Administration appeared to be supporting her as a democratizing force in the country, I for one do not dismiss the idea that the Bush/Cheney gang and special ops units from the Pentagon or other intelligence units might not have dirty hands. I feel great moral outrage that such killings take place but I am very wary about any US involvement in "bringing democracy" to Pakistan or anywhere else. Destabilization of friends and foes alike is a tried-and-true tactic of imperialist governments. I hope Democratic politicians do not make what to my mind would be the dangerous mistake of attacking Bush for not having intervened in Pakistan sooner. In this regard one should note Israel's apparently unmotivated (at least to my thinking) evacuation of Jews from Iran. This is a very old Jewish community with parliamentary representatives in the Iranian government still. Is this a precursor of an Israeli military move against Iran rather than a response to repression of Jewish citizens by the Iranian government? Is the US moving closer to a military strike against Iran and bringing us dangerously close to a Third World War.
Whatever the aims of George W. Bush et al, I mourn the loss of Ms. Bhutto.