Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto Murdered

Former Pakistani prime minister and parliamentary hopeful Benazir Bhutto was assassinated earlier today at a political event in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in shooting/suicide bombing that may have killed as many as 22 other people. Bhutto was the first female prime minister ever in an Islamic country and had recently returned to Pakistan from exile in the hopes of cleaning up at least some of the mess that Prime Minister and (until recently) Army Chief Pervez Musharraf had made of the country. (Musharraf took power in a 1999 coup and his subsequent electoral victories have been marred by irregularities and boycotts.)

Bhutto was not without her share of controversy, having apparently granted military support to the Taliban during her time as prime minister. She had also been implicated as a party in various criminal enterprises. In recent years she had taken a much more anti-Taliban, pro-women's rights stance that made her quite unpopular among the Islamic fundie set in her home country. Despite her own failings, Bhutto's death is a slap in the face of Pakistani democracy and offers yet even more proof that Jyhadist Islam is more than willing to stoop ever-lower in pursuit of its own myopic goals.

Bhutto's father was actually Pakistan's first democratically elected Prime Minister. He was eventually deposed in a military coup and executed.

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