Thursday, December 27, 2007

"I am what the Terrorists Most Fear"

And for that reason, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto found herself a target of Islamic militants. Having survived a previous attempt on her life, today she succumbed to an assassin's bullets; after which, he blew himself up, killing 20 more. Nothing quite like Muslim on Muslim violence. And somehow, America is probably to blame, right?

On the Democratic side, we have Chris Dodd:
"It reflects once again the misdirection in my view of the (Bush) Administration on focusing on Iraq and Iran. I've been saying for months that Pakistan and Afghanistan deserve more attention.

It's still the epicenter of international terrorism, of where Osama bin Laden is, here. And yet the administration continues to focus its efforts, its resources, its time and effort on Iraq and Iran."

Bill Richardson thinks President Bush should demand Musharraf to stepdown. There we go again, bullying sovereign nations to acquiesce to our demands. Consequently, if we are at war with Islamic terrorists, wouldn't a Musharraf resignation be exactly what the Islamists would love? After all, Musharraf has been targeted in failed assassination attempts, on multiple occasions (nine, I believe) by the Islamic extremists.

On the conservative front, we have presidential candidate Mike Huckabee "apologizing" for Bhutto's assassination.

Ron Paul blames U.S. foreign policy and support of Musharraf. Nevermind that Bhutto herself was pro-western, anti-Islamic terror, and a woman daring to hold a leadership position. Those offenses had nothing to do with her assassination. No, of course not! It can only be Islamic militants motivated by our foreign aid and support of the Musharraf government. It's not that they wish to sow chaos and sabotage the democratic process. No, of course not!

Some more candidate responses.

Lisa Curtis, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation specializing in Southeast Asia, says only 5% of the population in Pakistan probably fall into the extremist category of Islam; yet, according to Andrew McCarthy, a CNN poll seems to indicate that 46% of Pakistanis approve of Osama bin Laden.

Regardless of the numbers, the reach and influence of the Islamist extremists is great enough to bring down an entire country. Today was a great loss for freedom and democracy; and the world just got a bit more dangerous.

It would appear that al-Qaeda is taking credit for the assassination:

"We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahadeen," Mustafa Abu al Yazid, al Qaeda's commander in Afghanistan, told Mr. Shahzad. The attack was reportedly ordered at the highest levels of al Qaeda.

"It is believed that the decision to kill Bhutto, who is the leader of the opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP), was made by al-Qaeda No. 2, the Egyptian doctor, Ayman al-Zawahiri in October," Mr. Shahzad also reported. "Death squads were allegedly constituted for the mission and ultimately one cell comprising a defunct Lashkar-i-Jhangvi’s Punjabi volunteer succeeded in killing Bhutto."

*Update*

A Bhutto supporter mourns at the site of the attack.
B.K.Bangash - AP





Also blogging the political responses:
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5 Comments:

Blogger Karen said...

What a mess. I so admired Bhutto. Talk about a strong, courageous woman.

I am sick to death of the blame America nonsense I have been hearing on tv today. It was not our foreign policy decisions that murdered her. She went back to Pakistan of her own free will. She felt destined to lead Pakistan again. Islamic fanatics murdered her. They cannot accept a woman of intellect and confidence ruling a Muslim country.

This is a dicey time for the U.S. and Pakistan. I hope Musharref can pull it off.

Thursday, December 27, 2007 7:13:00 PM  
Blogger SkyePuppy said...

Excellent post! She was an amazing woman. All I can do is shudder in trepidation at what the eventual fallout of her assassination will be, not just for Pakistan but for the world.

Thursday, December 27, 2007 8:21:00 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

Benazir Bhutto was well hated by Islamic extremists because of the threat she represented to the extremists within the Islamic culture. Bhutto's assassination had nothing to do with America and our policies. It is because Bhuttos was a woman that made her the target by Zwahiri. The Presidential candidates like Dodd and nutjob Paul are completely clueless.

Thursday, December 27, 2007 9:18:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

It's a sad day. Made sadder by the comments of some Dem candidates and that loon Ron Paul.

Thursday, December 27, 2007 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger Ron Simpson said...

I read a comment on some news site where a reporter blamed Bush for her being killed. They said if it weren't for Bush, she would not have gone back......
Some people just cannot seem to pull their head out.

Friday, December 28, 2007 12:02:00 PM  

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