Thursday, December 27, 2007
The convenient death of Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto was putting heat on the Bush-backed dictator Pervez Musharaff, and on the zealots in the religious right wing in Pakistan, and she was assassinated today at a political rally. Other parliamentary candidates were rumored to be killed in the attack.
A tragedy for the world, for Pakistan, for democracy, and for her family and followers, Bhutto's death is a huge, "coincidental" advantage in the elections for opponents in the upcoming elections.
Musharaff may find that as much as his political fortunes may have appeared to have risen today, that a politically motivated assassination can curiously turn sour for anyone who may even appear to take advantage from it.
I was just talking about Bhutto this weekend with John Schilke who taped an interview with her this past summer in his studio in New Haven when she was visiting Yale. And a former co-worker was a classmate of hers at Harvard.