"Editor's note: We are all saddened by the murder this morning of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto. The assassination adds more danger and confusion to the already chaotic situation in the region.
In late November, PARADE sent Contributing Editor Gail Sheehy to Pakistan. Sheehy traveled with former prime minister Benazir Bhutto as she campaigned through her home provinces. Sheehy had two long interviews with her—the first in Bhutto’s home in Islamabad, a second at her residence outside Karachi. Bhutto told Sheehy that she had long been a target of terrorists. She knew she was also now a target of the Musharraf government. Today’s suicide bombing mirrors the earlier attempt on her life that Bhutto described to Sheehy.."
The interview with Bhutto will be the cover story of PARADE on January 6, 2008.
Who saw this coming? Nobody! Right?
A semi-failed state precariously teetering between secular modernity and theocratic dark ages armed with nukes in social and political chaos.
That must be what our skilled profssional Diplolmatic Corps intended when drafting our Foreign Policy.
Support the military dictator Musharraf (for his support in our failed Iraqi war and his uncanny ability to hide OBL under our very noses...a trick worth of David Copperfield), while blatantly importing and supporting his democratic relacement, Bhutto, knowing her life expectancy would be measured in days. Play one against the other.
Then she gets assasinated.
If our carefully crafted Foreign Policy is to make the modern, nuclear-armed word as chaotic, hostile and unpredictable as possible, we have succeeded admirably.
Well done, Bushies!
We are SO MUCH SAFER with the faith based neo-con Republicans at the helm of our Ship of State.