Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Butterfly That Killed Benazir Bhutto

Source: Reuters
People all over Pakistan, India and the world mourned Bhutto's death. Here, people hold candles during a prayer meeting in the Pakistani city of Hyderabad to honor Bhutto.

By now, you have heard of the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Please, don't tell me you live under a rock and don't know Bhutto.

Since Bhutto decided to end her self-imposed exile and return to Pakistan a few months ago, I knew her life was going to be cut short. I don't trust the Pakistani government for one second. I don't believe our so-called "ally in the war on terror" gives a hoot about the lives of his opponents.

The American government's support of Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf and his government reminds me of the American government's support of Saddam and his cronies during the 80s. Saddam was given the green light to do whatever he wanted to his opponents and people as long as he kept Iran at bay. Musharraf was given the green light to do whatever he wants to do to his opponents as long as he claims he's fighting the Taliban and the Islamists in and around Pakistan. After all, he saw what happened to Saddam after Iran's threat was reduced to almost nothing in the late 80s. Musharaf doesn't want an unhappy ending like Saddam's.

What's comic about the assassination of Mrs. Bhutto is the conflicting messages released by the Pakistani government. Very soon the government will claim a butterfly hit Bhutto in the face. This attack of the butterfly caused Bhutto's immediate death because Bhutto was allergic to butterflies.

What's more comic is the media reporting the Pakistani government messages as facts worth broadcasting or publishing. What happened to journalism 101? Has television forgotten about checking facts?

Another candle in the wind burned out sooner than expected.
Goodbye Pakistan rose.

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