The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s former prime minister and a primary opposition leader, leaves a void ahead of critical elections.

Columnist Max Boot responds to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Commentary magazine’s blog, “Contentions”, writing that “her death brutally exposes how little success Pervez Musharraf has had in cracking down on the jihadists.”

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3 Responses to The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

  1. Henry Pusser says:

    I agree with Mr. Boot that we must continue to press for democratic reform around the globe. At the same time, we must use our bully pulpit to continue and press for global ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). To that end I believe we should act to expel from the United Nations those countries who refuse to do so. While such a proposition has no realistic prospect of succeeding, it would send a loud message and expose those countries who really aren’t contributing members to a peaceful, global community. We should also expose those countries, such as Egypt and many others, whose constitutions and legal systems are not consistent with the UDHR and do not enable a truly democratic process based on a pluralistic polity. There is no democracy without pluralism as defined by the Greek philosopher Empedocles.

    Pursuing a policy of ‘stability’ over democracy offers only a false sense of security and does little but delay the inevitable while allowing pressures to build such that violent uprising becomes almost the only, inevitable means of effecting social and political change. While pressing for democratic reform, we must also demonstrate the courage to accept the outcomes of the democratic process by allowing people to honestly elect those who they wish to lead – and not who we believe should lead. In most cases we may not agree with the choice but we must have faith in the process and the knowledge that people will ultimately seek governments that serve their interests. Pakistan is a case in point. As recently reported in a world news report, Islamist parties are already starting to lose their appeal in some regions of Pakistan as they have demonstrated their inability to deliver meaningful change and improvement of people’s daily lives.

    There is no question that Pakistan is a hotbed of Islamic extremism and a center of hate production. One only need read the Islamist propaganda that emanates from their centers of publication to know the filth they are spreading. However, looked at in the larger context there is little difference between the garbage they spread and what can be found published here by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and ‘Christian’ extremists. It is only through the process of democratization that such pathological movements be discredited.

  2. Neran says:

    In my opinion, there are a few important lessons we need to learn from this tragedy:

    1. Religion and Politics make a very lethal combination!

    2. The U.S and its allies do not necessarily believe in Democracy and well being of other nations – if it really did – Pakistan, Iraq and the entire sub-continent wouldn’t have been in this bloody mess today!

  3. Henry Pusser says:

    The American media can be counted on to ignore almost anything not ‘made in America.’ That is why a huge and growing number of Americans have sought other news outlets such as the blogosphere, the BBC and others. Not only are the elections in Thailand and Kenya significant, but also those in Georgia. The process of democratization around the world is of importance to all who desire a peaceful and prosperous world. Of more significance though may be those elections that don’t occur…such as those not held in China, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and the many other countries under totalitarian regimes.

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