UN begins probe into Bhutto killing; Pakistan to determine ultimate culpability


"...Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them..."
      -- I. Scooter Libby to Judith Miller,
        September, 2005

From an AFP News Brief on France24.com comes this news:


UN begins probe into Bhutto killing

A UN commission appointed to investigate the assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto began work on Wednesday, a spokesman said.

The panel, which has a six-month mandate, is being led by the Chilean ambassador to the United Nations, Heraldo Munoz, and includes an Indonesian ex-attorney general and an Irish former police official.

Good news for the potential for justice, but only if the investigation can get through to the roots of the problem. Deadeye Dick may not have anything to worry about, but -- perhaps fortunately for the rest of us -- the Aspens may not actually turn in clusters, but they are all connected at their roots:


Do aspens really turn in clusters because their roots connect them?

No. Aspen trees do grow in clusters, or "clones," that share a common root system and have identical DNA. That doesn't mean they all "turn"—that is, change colors—at the same time, though. [...snip...] spen clusters can be quite expansive—the largest single organism on record contains more than 47,000 identical, interconnected "stems" spread out over more than 100 acres—certain trees could get more sunlight than others and change color on different schedules.

The Slate article, quoted above, provides a very amusing analogy to the interconnectedness of the neocon and Republican root networks, particularly with the immediately preceding description of how Aspens reproduce asexually. But where does this lead us in terms of the investigation itself?

We know that the UN will initiate an investigation, but I wonder how far that investigation will go, and whether it will be able to make -- and reveal -- any surprising factoids that could lead to the continued disembowelment of the multinational war profiteering monster that is now currently loose upon our planet (and under a modicum of fire, both hostile and "friendly" in nature).

Let's hope that the Aspens have begun to turn, and their interconnectedness is ultimately their downfall.

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