In a very, very narrow sense, he has a point: I argued at the time of the emergency rule that we were pushing too hard and too soon on Musharraf, a man attempting to lead a country that is about as riven with difficulty as a country can get… .\ \ But in Ron Paul’s world, all problems are the result of the US taking action. Any action. Anywhere. Against anyone, doing anything. In the case of Pakistan, he says we should cut off aid to our “puppet” in Pakistan and make sure not to march in there with troops.—RSMUPDATE 4:30 p.m.:Pamela at Atlas Shrugs
This may very well be a defining historical moment much the way the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the match that set the world on fire and set off the outbreak of World War I.
Musharraf, or the Pakistani people or who ever is still in charge, needs to open the northwest sector of their country up to us and we can hunt the [Al Qaeda terrorists] down and kill them like rabbits running out of a fire.—RSMUPDATE 3:30 p.m.:exactly how does this help
Another former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who leads the Pakistan Muslim League — Nawaz (PML-N), said his party would boycott the Jan. 8 election.\ \ Just weeks earlier, Mrs. Bhutto had persuaded him to participate in the vote along with her PPP, despite fears by both that the election would be rigged.\ \ Mr. Sharif also called for a nationwide strike tomorrow.\ \ “Every Pakistani is shocked, even if he is a trader or a transporter or an ordinary person. Whoever joins this strike will display solidarity with the country,” Mr. Sharif told reporters.— RSM* * * MORE UPDATES BELOW * * *assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir BhuttoMemeorandum
- Hot Air has a series of updated reports, with Allahpundit noting a previous attack on Bhutto:
Bhutto herself blamed jihadis for that one but her husband accused the intelligence services of complicity. Given Musharraf’s unpopularity and antipathy to Bhutto, a lot of fingers are going to be pointing at him. God only knows how destabilizing this will prove to be.
- Jammie Wearing Fool has another “running update” post, capturing the confusion immediately surrounding the event:
This is curious that she reportedly died from a bullet wound, likely meaning the suicide bomber may not have caused the wound and she was shot by someone else.
- The Atlantic Monthly’s Megan McArdle highlights that magazine’s October feature on “After Musharraf,” by Joshua Hammer. \
- Michelle Malkin captures the sheer relentlessness of those who hated Bhutto:
They tried and failed when she returned to Pakistan in October. They tried and failed with a baby suicide bomber. Yesterday, they stopped a 15-year-old with a bomb packed full of nails trying to kill her. Today, they succeeded.
- Instapundit links to Jules Crittenden, who asks questions:
Jihadis, ISI, or some combination?\ Does this unite them against jihadis or just further fragment Pakistan to the jihadis benefit? \ \ Does the election even go ahead, or is it straight to martial law? Short-term or long-term suspension, and in the event of an election, who rises? …\ \ If there’s a coup, who and what ends up on top?
At least 22 supporters were killed in the attack, the Interior Ministry said… . \ \ Doctors pronounced Mrs. Bhutto dead today shortly after 6 p.m. Pakistani time.\ \ Supporters … rampaged through the streets of Karachi and Lahore, setting fire to cars and shops.\ \ Several people were reported killed in the riots.Hot Air— RSMUPDATE 5:35 p.m.Ace of SpadesAndrew McCarthy at National Review
A recent CNN poll showed that 46 percent of Pakistanis approve of Osama bin Laden.\ \ Aspirants to the American presidency should hope to score so highly in the United States. In Pakistan, though, the al-Qaeda emir easily beat out that country’s current president, Pervez Musharraf, who polled at 38 percent.Phyllis Chesler writes
Today, Benazir Bhutto’s death … forces me to remind us all that the world chose not to stop suicide killers when their targets were mainly Jews and Israelis. That method has proliferated globally. A suicide killer has now assassinated a westernized Muslim woman leader — one who, wearing a headscarf, bravely returned to Pakistan with a vision of democracy.— RSM