Benazir Bhutto assassinated

You probably know by now that Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated, and a couple of dozen other people murdered besides. It is just one of thousands upon thousands of tragedies visited upon the region, but with wider repercussions. It is the last thing Pakistan needs right now, and by extension, the last thing the region and the world needs.


You probably know by now that Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated, and a couple of dozen other people murdered besides. It is just one of thousands upon thousands of tragedies visited upon the region, but with wider repercussions. It is the last thing Pakistan needs right now, and by extension, the last thing the region and the world needs.

Bhutto was potentially the rallying point for the more progressive forces in play in Pakistan. Musharraf and the Islamists both benefit greatly from her death. Had she lived, Pakistan’s chances for a transition to democracy were slim, since she could not have done very much about the army, nor, without the army, could she have done much about the progressive strengthening of the religious right. US support for Bhutto was never serious, though it is hard to believe that they have any idea what they are doing either in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

The return of Narendra Modi and the hindu right to power in the Gujarat elections in India and this assassination portend bad things in south asia for 2008…

Justin Podur

Author: Justin Podur

Author of Siegebreakers. Ecology. Environmental Science. Political Science. Anti-imperialism. Political fiction. Teach at York U's FES. Author. Writer at ZNet, TeleSUR, AlterNet, Ricochet, and the Independent Media Institute.