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I just read that the Pakistani opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto, has been assassinated. I knew it would only be a matter of time, but I was still shocked by the news.

When she returned, having been exiled for a good number of years, I thought she was extremely brave, if a little foolish.

Apparently she was shot in the head, then a suicide bomber blew himself up, taking a few other people with him.

Fucking animals.

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  • jmc
    December 27
    4:24 pm

    My (cynical) thought — I’m surprised it didn’t occur sooner after her return from exile. An opposition leader? A female one?

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  • Karen Scott
    December 27
    4:50 pm

    JMC, it’s not like they didn’t try. They took out 150 people during the first assassination attempt.

    Well, Pakistani can kiss their hopes of becoming a moderate nation goodbye now.

    I wonder what they’ll do about the upcoming elections now?

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  • azteclady
    December 27
    5:04 pm

    I wonder what the U.S.’s official reaction is gonna be…

    On the one hand, we are talking an “ally” in the war of terror, which is also armed with nukes.

    On the other hand, there’s the fact that if democracy isn’t restored (i.e. actual elections and independent judiciary, etc.), it would be impossible for the US to keep supporting Pakistan (financially and otherwise).

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  • Karen Scott
    December 27
    5:12 pm

    AL, Bush says that her assassination will not go unpunished, which makes me wonder what the US intend to do about it.

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  • azteclady
    December 27
    5:19 pm

    Blame Al-Qaida?

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  • Karen Scott
    December 27
    5:23 pm

    LMAO!

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  • Kristie (J)
    December 27
    6:04 pm

    I heard about this when I got up this morning. I don’t really have the words to express my horror at what these animals (no – calling them animals isn’t right either – it’s an insult to animals) monsters, peverted charactures of humans have done and are doing.
    I thought her a very brave and admirable but somewhat foolish person. But I think her goal was to make her country a better place. It’s really beyond my comprehension to even begin to try and figure out what they do. I just hope somehow they pay for all of eternity.

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  • Marg
    December 27
    7:42 pm

    My reaction mirrored yours – not surprised but shocked nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous
    December 27
    8:30 pm

    The Bush White House was definitely linking this to Al Qaeda earlier, but the news story I read was updated a few minutes ago and that reference has been removed from the story.

    As for respoinsibility? My first thought was to attribute it to Musharraf’s supporters. Or, to benign neglect by the sitting government in not providing better protection.

    But regardless of who is responsible, it is a shock, even if it is not a surprise.

    SusanL

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  • Meriam
    December 28
    1:01 am

    Very shocked and upset about this, too. Although I never thought highly of her as a politician (Pakistani politics is corrupt at the best of times and she was no better than the rest) I liked her balls and I loved that Pakistan had a female leader long before US (Go Hilary!).

    I’ve spoken to a lot of Pakistanis today and they are all shocked, appalled and angered by this assassination. A lot of them seem to think ‘the military’ was behind it.

    Her death is understandably dominating Pakistani news channels and there seems to be a sort of mass hysteria gripping the nation. Grown men crying in the streets. She was hugely popular, hugely divisive. An extremely charismatic woman.

    I believe it was a gunshot to her neck.

    Incidentally, I’m told Benazir means ‘incomparable.’

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  • Desiree Erotique
    December 28
    1:38 am

    What a terrible shame. I hope her killers are caught and brought to trial!

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  • azteclady
    December 28
    4:02 pm

    Karen, I thought you (and your readers) might be interested in this post at Wonkette (political DC blog). While it is about B. Bhutto’s assassination, it’s more about human brutality and compassion (or lack thereof).

    Be warned, though, that the photos are not extremely graphic, and that some of the comments… well, asshats abound everywhere.

    Here’s the link
    http://wonkette.com/338237/before-and-after-the-assassination-in-photos

    Read at your own risk.

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