Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been murdered. Despite her faults, the fact that she was trying to bring some democracy to Pakistan makes her a martyr infinitely more so than the animals that killed her and at least 20 others in the attack.
Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility, naturally.
“We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahadeen,” Al-Qaeda’s commander and main spokesperson Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid told Adnkronos International (AKI) in a phone call from an unknown location, speaking in faltering English. Al-Yazid is the main al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan. (source thanks to Ace)
You can learn more about Benazir Bhutto from this obituary which covers the basics of her life and politics.
The murder of Benazir Bhutto is tragic on so many levels. The most immediate is the loss her family, friends and supporters must endure. My prayers for them and for those who also lost loved ones in this brutal attack.
Some have rushed to blame President Musharraf, because she was the opposition leader which gives him some motive. He also ties to the military and he's been playing extremists and moderates against each other for some time now. He needs the extremists to stay in power, yet we all know the danger of extreme Islamists gaining actual power in that country due to Pakistan having nuclear weapons.
There are no good choices here. Perhaps Musharraf will finally allow sustained military action by the U.S. and coalition countries in the lawless tribal regions that have been a haven for Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Doing so however, will require he institute martial law again and possibly delay the elections, which may push some of the moderate opposition into alliances with the extremists.
The tragedy that should now concern everyone is that nuclear weapons just moved a step closer to falling into the hands of Islamic extremists. The path ahead to preventing that is uncertain and undoubtedly bloody. For those inclined to, much prayer is needed for world leaders and those on the front lines, that they will have the wisdom and courage to avoid the worst possible outcome.
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