Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto is dead and so are the dreams of those who supported her. Not sure what this means yet, though I can't say I'm surprised. In terms of categorising Bhutto, and I don't know enough about Pakistan's politics, but I place her in the same khanate as Hariri and of the same spectrum. I'm not convinced that she was working for the interests of Pakistan and it seems most Western governments are a lot more disappointed with her loss than if it had been Nawaz Sharif.

One way of reading this is as a message from Musharraf - and this is wild speculation - that he can turn off the tap and he can turn it on. Pakistan is going one direction and on direction only. Any naive attempts at democratisation have no place in this and if foreign interests think they can build and remove leaders for that country, they are mistaken. Who knows..


annie said...

I am no doubt politically naive but I wish the countries of the region were left alone and left free to make the decisions about their future, their regime, their social system.
Benazir, can have been killed by muslim extremists but just as well by the CIA and Musharaf.

Wassim said...

Don't we all Annie :)

annie said...

Of course, Wassim, we all do, except for those who know what is best for us (and foremost for them)

annie said...

12/28/07 "IBNlive" -- - -New Delhi: Mystery shrouds the death of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto. In an explosive revelation, Pakistan's Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz on Friday said that Bhutto did not die of bullet wounds.

Nawaz said that Bhutto died from a head injury. At least seven doctors from the Rawalpindi General Hospital – where the leader was rushed immediately after the attack – say there were no bullet marks on Bhutto's body.