December 27, 2007


Bhutto Assassinated in Attack on Rally (SALMAN MASOOD and GRAHAM BOWLEY, 12/27/07, NY Times)

The Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated near the capital, Islamabad, on Thursday. Witnesses said Ms. Bhutto, who was appearing at a political campaign rally, was fired upon at close range by a gunman, and then struck by shrapnel from a blast that the government said was caused by a suicide bomber.

Ms. Bhutto, who had twice been the country’s prime minister and was a leading contender to be the next prime minister after elections in January, was declared dead by doctors at a hospital in Rawalpindi at 6:16 p.m. local time. At least a dozen more people were killed in the attack, and some reports said there were at least 20 dead.

Her bravery lay in returning home with such and end likely. Her importance may lay in the opportunity given Pakistanis now to consider what kind of country they choose to live in.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 27, 2007 12:41 PM

Perhaps the old time commie mindset will be put to rest with her and her countrymen can choose the 21st instead of the 19th century.

Posted by: erp at December 27, 2007 1:25 PM

Whos vision of the 21st Century though?

Posted by: Dave W at December 27, 2007 4:19 PM

It's not the 19th century that is the alternative, it's probably the 8th (with modern weapons, of course).

Does Musharraf have it in himself to kill tens of thousands of radicals? If not, someone else will have to do it.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 27, 2007 8:26 PM

Bhutto was illiberal enough to do so.

Posted by: oj at December 28, 2007 8:16 AM

Are they waiting for us to do it? No one else seems to care.

Posted by: ratbert at December 28, 2007 10:37 AM

Yes, they'd rather we do it for them. But if enough of them start being killed they'll do it themselves.

Posted by: oj at December 28, 2007 10:59 AM

By 19th C. I meant Communism, not Islamism. They're both dead and will soon realize it and fall down, Mr. Putin et al.'s antics not withstanding.

Those, not only in Pakistan, but all around the globe, left to pick up the pieces will decide which reality they want. If it isn't the Anglosphere model, they'll be right back where they started and those who think Bhutto would have been a force for good, need only ask themselves the same question that should be asked about Hillary, why didn’t she accomplish her lofty goals while she was in office?

Posted by: erp at December 28, 2007 12:02 PM