Benazir Bhutto was the Prime Minister of Pakistan when Osama bin Laden paid millions of dollars to overthrow her government — and now she’s dead at the hands of the very Muslim terrorists she vowed to fight. Shot and killed by a Muslim suicide bomber who shot her in the head and neck, then blew himself up and took a bunch of other Bhutto supporters (up to 20 of them) with him on his trip to see Allah.
Even when she returned to Pakistan from exile a few months ago, there was a bombing attempt on her life. She’s an outspoken critic of radical Islam — and she paid the price. Even former KGB polonium enthusiast, Russian Prez Vladimir Putin, is kind of blown away (no pun intended, as that would be in serious poor taste today) by the barbarism.
Exiled, harassed through the courts by her enemies, and now dead. This is Pakistan’s 9/11. Now the deal President Pervez Musharraf struck with the terrorists to stay in the north (Wazirisan) and make suicide bombing incursions into Afghanistan has proven that his way of “fighting terrorism” through negotiations and deals doesn’t work.
This should be one hell of a wake-up call to new UK Prime Minster Gordon Brown, who has reportedly sent MI6 intelligence reps to “negotiate” with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Newsflash: This — what we’ve just witnessed today in Pakistan — is how Islamists do “democracy”.
The biggest and scariest difference between Pakistan and Afghanistan, however, is that Pakistan has nukes. That nutbar Ahmadinejad, who’s in the process of enriching uranium even as I write this, must be whizzing his man-jammies with giddiness right now, thinking of the shenannigans he could get up to and imagining the prospect of his own jihadist nuclear state — the kind of thing that Bhutto fought against, and has now paid for with her life.
If you don’t know her story, read it here.
UPDATE: CNN has shown an email on-air from Bhutto, which was given to her US advisor, to be read/broadcast in the event of her death. She has more or less named Musharraf and his cronies as her assassin. If this is the case, it would certainly explain why he cuts deals with suicide bombers (thereby saving them from being killed by US and allied forces, while allowing them to make bombing incursions into Afghanistan from their Waziristan bases). As I argued back in the summertime, this guy has been playing both sides of the fence of the middle for a long time.
How about we start from scratch and assume we really don’t have any Islamic allies in the War on Terrorism? If this Musharraf involvement in the death of the most prominent anti-terrorist figure in Pakistan is proven legit, it ought to be a big wake-up call to the Bush admin to choose their allies more carefully.