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I’ve been trying to figure out what I think about Benazir Bhutto’s death. I woke up in Austin, TX, to this news and it’s almost all I’ve been doing. “Doing” what, I’m not sure. Just watching and reading the news, I suppose. I really wish I was home.

All I have is a couple of unconnected observations:

  • I have no idea what “the terrorists” would gain from the death of Benazir. I don’t think it was any kind of religion-based concern that killed her.
  • On the other hand, if it was a suicide attack, I don’t know how a non-religious concern recruits someone to kill themselves for a non-religious cause.
  • Related to all this, does anyone know if the suicide bomber of Benazir’s Karachi welcome was ever identified?
  • Mariam pointed out that Benazir was Musharraf best bet, so the idea that he would have engineered this is perhaps something that should be considered with a grain or two of salt.
  • On yet another hand, Benazir goes, elections are stopped, Musharraf declares emergency/martial law again and he doesn’t have to pretend to respect the constitution or do anything for democracy in the country.
  • Any non-Musharraf military motivation is absolutely beyond me to speculate on. I have absolutely no idea about Kiyani doing anything with a different agenda than Musharraf’s. Anyone with insigh, please help me out.

One thing is absolutely undeniable: Killing Pakistanis is not something that anyone has a problem with. Not the military, not the political parties, not various religious concerns. No one. We always complain that American military policy is premised on the notion that an American life is worth more than any other life in the world. Well, we don’t think anything of Pakistani lives either.

I keep trying to think something analytical and rational. But I’m just upset. Anyone else just upset?

Stumble it!

6 comments ↓

#1 MA on 12.28.07 at 1:30 am

I’m upset. Not for any good reason- I’m confused, mostly. And upset. I don’t get any of it.

You’re in Austin? :D

#2 urmila on 12.28.07 at 2:30 am

I was pretty upset as well when I heard it. And then I asked myself why, because I do not really know what relevance this particular murder has. But even the German media tell me that it has a particular relevance.

#3 Annabell on 12.28.07 at 7:16 pm

Depends on the Pakistani, depends on the American. Like, I’m fairly partial to my dog and a handful of other Americans over unknown Pakistani masses, but you personally trump a good number of my other fellow “countrymen.” And Generic Statistic Pakistani v. Generic Statistic American? Really a toss-up. Maybe if I knew their favorite colors or general asshole quotients, that would help.

#4 T on 12.28.07 at 8:37 pm

Wish she would have stayed in Dubai, but then again, she wanted to try helping Pakistan, shows loyalty that is very rare in a leader. I think Mushy and extremists go hand in hand on this, all could benefit. I LOVE how she wore her red lipstick, more power to her!

#5 JB on 12.28.07 at 8:42 pm

What an amazing woman. One of the very little true martyrs there ever was. It’s a shame muslims kill their women so carelessly.

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