Was Benazir Bhutto a Martyr of Democracy or a Corrupted US Puppet?
Posted by Fredsvenn den januar 7, 2008
Link to the full six articlesA recent CNN poll showed that 46 percent of Pakistanis approve of Osama bin Laden.President George Bush, the face of a campaign to bring democracy — or, at least, some form of sharia-lite that might pass for democracy — to the Islamic world, registered nine percent. Nine!
If you want to know what to make of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder today in Pakistan, ponder that.
There is the Pakistan of our fantasy. The burgeoning democracy in whose vanguard are judges and lawyers and human rights activists using the “rule of law” as a cudgel to bring down a military junta. In the fantasy, Bhutto, an attractive, American-educated socialist whose prominent family made common cause with Soviets and whose tenures were rife with corruption, was somehow the second coming of James Madison.
Then there is the real Pakistan: an enemy of the United States and the West.
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Dec. 27 — Benazir Bhutto, for decades the central figure in a tortured struggle to bring democratic rule to Pakistan, was assassinated Thursday afternoon as she waved to supporters after a political rally, plunging the country into new turmoil just days before scheduled elections.
«If there’s a lot more violence, then it’s possible the whole democratic process will be derailed,» political analyst Hasan-Askari Rizvi said.
And two readers’ opinions of interest:
The Prime Minister of Pakistan does not have significant power. It is the military officers who have several homes and several Mercedes. The military budget is not even known to the Prime Minister nor does the Prime Minister exercise more than limited control over the military. It was the military, under Musharraf who supported and created the rise of the Taliban, and both he as well as the ISI has worked closely with Al Qaeda. (Both AQ Khan and bin Laden jointly owned the pharmaceutical plant in Sudan the was destroyed by cruise missiles, as well as a hotel in Timbuktu). Further, the military diverted money, during the Reagan administration to the military and to AQ Khan in order to create several nuclear weapons and to modify F 16’s jets to enable them to carry nuclear bombs. They use US money to buy missiles from North Korea and the Chinese. Both the military and Khan then sold nuclear weapon designs and actual hardware in order to finance the military which was run independently of the government and the Prime Minister’s office,
Further, the Reagan administration continually lied to congress and continually certified Pakistan as being in compliance with the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, when they knew quite well they were not, in order to keep the money flowing to the anti=Soviet rebels in Afghanistan even though the money never got there as it was diverted to the nuclear weapons program.
The Reagan administration must bear much of the responsibility for much of the uncertainly that now exists because of Pakistans nuclear weapons and the potential of Pakistan to decay into chaos.
(Responding to criticism)
… Today she is dead…mute.. I happen to find this kind of criticism of her life political or otherwise..mute.
She was a sister in Islam,a member of the umma, and a brave woman.
This is time for Azza.. mourning …for in the end she is just as every other Muslim. The words that matter are these I wrote.. Allah Yahimro. She will answer to Allah. He is the judge in this matter. At the very least we should mourn for her brutal assassination and pray for her and her family , and the people of Pakistan. And pray for ourselves.
The point is she is dead , and no matter how corrupt she might have been ( she was never convicted on those charges) and even if … where is your humanity and your compassion?
God Forgive her! But she did not commit suicide,, she was brutally murdered for her convictions. we don’t ha to agree with them,,, but it is a mighty person who can stand up , with the full knowledge of the risk for her life.. and speak and lead. As I said Despite the Mullahs and extremists who cannot stand to see a Muslim Female Leader.
These fools even keep women out of the masjids.
She is dead , and I don’t need to criticize her life, now… now I simply have to honor the sunnah and wisely pray for her mercy in jeenah.. and for the children and family at time of terrible grief. Once again her personality was not her politics.. she was a woman and a politician. we have much time to review her politics.. but for now, its is obligatory to wish her an easy passage as she meets her maker. May her journey be easy and I do hope that despite her faults that Muslim women do find in her a role model,, and learn that no man can keep them down, and should aspire to greatness.