Well, THAT didn’t take long…

In a giant leap forward for Pakistan’s democratic prospects, Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated.

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  1. I know you have berated Pakistani tribalism in the past, but the killing will actually benefit Pakistan? Seriously? Why?

  2. Because now they actually have a chance at real democracy, rather than the feudalized crap?

  3. No, it just means one fewer faction, with more dominance by remaining factions. Less power-sharing is not good, even with what you say.

  4. This is a woman who was briefed prior to carrying out a march that her parade/march/whatever WAS going to be attacked, and who carried out the march anyway, while refusing to take even the slightest security precautions for the safety of her entourage. In other words, a gal who was perfectly comfortable using her supposed supporters as life-and-death bait and pawns in a media circus.

    There are plenty of other factions out there, including a number of REAL democrats, who don’t get the air time in the US, because folks like Bhutto and Sharif have been sucking all the O2 out of the room.

  5. Mike

     /  December 27, 2007

    As much as I don’t like saying bad things about a bad situation (as in other innocent people died in this attack), this totally makes sense and I am not surprised one bit. You can call it bravery (and in a sense it was) or stupidity (and it was a great of that on her part), or a mix. But the end result was that this woman damn well knew she was in the crosshairs and hadn’t taken one precaution to prevent this. Or (much more importantly in my opinion) taken one precaution to protect her followers and party. The way she has been acting was the equivalent of painting a giant bullseye on herself and then circles on everyone in her party with a menu on how many points they were worth.

    I spent a year working force protection and anti-terrorism in Iraq and I can say that there were dozens of ways she could have increased the overall security for everyone involved (herself, friends and followers) that wouldn’t have made her look scared or weak.

    She didn’t and innocent people died. I don’t have much of a problem with her kicking it since she knew she was in dangerous waters (courage) and that she simply refused to listen and take good advice (stupidity), but I have a much bigger problem because as a LEADER she should have been thinking about her organization and the people she was supposed to be responsible for.

    She was not and that is unforgivable for anyone who would be a leader.

  6. Mike

     /  December 27, 2007

    Addendum: She was also dirty as all get out, but then again so is everyone in Pakistan so what can you do?

  7. I never knew the woman, and her job was risk enough for getting killed. But the Bhutto clan that can get 10k serfs in the street has to respond. They have to find and exact retribution. Or they disintegrate because, hey if Benazir can’t be protected, what real power do they have, right? It’s gonna be Domino’s for Uzi’s: 20 minutes or less for home delivery, 24 hour service, ask about our specials, we take checks. This has to have been a mistake, or Bhutto’s folks were just that weak and this is the first of the consolidation killings.

  8. Mike

     /  December 28, 2007

    Which leads to one of two responses. One, she was stupid and or weak, so her party never was worth a crap to start with. Or two, Pakistan again proves that maybe the British Empire had some redeeming features (such as being able to run this place without having things like this happen).

  9. Mike

     /  December 28, 2007

    I am going for answer two. If her clan had any of that Izu Domino’s power she wouldn’t have been kicked out in coup in the first place.

  10. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071228/ap_on_re_as/pakistan;_ylt=Aq26mnYulXmbTQ7qKvY8um39xg8F

    So is the answer what happens next, attack the government, the result of a breakdown of control, or an organized response against the government?

  11. Superbiff

     /  December 28, 2007

    What about the possibility that some of her ‘friends’ decided she’d be a better symbol dead than a leader alive? Islam on the 7-army continent sure loves the martyr..

  12. Mike

     /  December 29, 2007

    I could believe that idea. My only thing is how her friends figure they could control this? If they are military types, they already are in control and have a long track record of not caring what the rest of the world thinks. If they are the other side, they are thinking that unrest and rioters can kick out the Army?

    Seems like a deadend either way.

  13. Kayani is a known Bhutto ally (which is odd, since he apparently also gives a shit about the poor, a subject about which Bhutto was known not to), so Superbiff’s idea may have treads.

  14. Mike

     /  December 30, 2007

    Moot point now. Her son and husband are talking over the party. Yeah, real progressive.

  15. For him, maybe. This was never about democracy… that’s just spin for the saps at CNN/NYT…


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