Thursday, December 27, 2007

Kindling, meet match

Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated at rally

Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, aides said.

The death of the 54-year-old charismatic former prime minister threw the campaign for the Jan. 8 parliamentary elections into chaos and created fears of mass protests and violence across the nuclear-armed nation, an important U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.

You can think of the Bush Administration's foreign policy efforts as the stacking of a series of piles of dry kindling throughout the world, interrupted only by attempts (to date unsuccessful) to turn small local fires into a wider and all-consuming conflagration.

Whether Pakistan has in fact been a real ally is as debatable as is the question of whether there is a real war on terror. But I suspect that a few weeks from now this will be recognized without debate as the moment the inferno began.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been watching this all morning and now we're hearing some familiar rhetoric from both Bush and Masharref... "Terrorist Cowards did this... Enemies of Democracy... Cowards who are afraid of Democracy... Cowardly act by Murderous Extremists... The Pakistani are resolved to fight this extremism and terror... They must be brought to justice..." Over and over. And over and over.

Catapultin' the Propaganda, as some might say.

Sound familiar, eh? You may be right that this will be used as the catalyst of future "fires." Or it could just pass and everyone will simply accept the "new political realities" that were intended by the planners of this event.

Uh, "Terrorists" - maybe. But were they state-sponsored? And, if so, which state sponsored them? But they certainly weren't "cowards" to have pulled off an assassination like this. Perhaps that "coward" part is just projection/transference on the part of the "brave leaders" making these statements - who may also be the anonymous planners. Like in the Star Wars movies, I can't help but wonder if the same leaders are running both sides of the battle.

I got sick of the reporting of this from CNN and MSNBC. CNBC was trying to blame all the problems in the markets on this already, even. So I turned to BBC News. Not much better, but more informative. I think the best analysis of this may come out the Indian press though.

For kicks, I just switched to Fox Propaganda Channel. McCain and Romney are gettin' to "show their resolve" and prove that they're ready to handle this crisis because they're "Strong Leaders." And of course it just proves that the War on Terror are not just confined to Iraq and Afghanistan. Ugh. But the Fox anchors insist that none of them would try to score any points off of this terrible tragedy. Uh huh.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the RNC might be writing Musharraf's talking points now:

(Found at India Times.)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf blamed terrorists for the death of Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on Thursday and said he would redouble his efforts to fight them.

"This is the work of those terrorists with whom we are engaged in war," he said in a nationally televised speech.

"I have been saying that the nation faces the greatest threats from these terrorists. Today after this tragic incident, I want to express my firm resolve. I also seek solidarity from the nation and cooperation and help - we will not rest until we eliminate these terrorists and root them out," he said.

He also announced three days of mourning for Bhutto, during which the flag will fly at half-staff, and called for calm across the country.

"I want to appeal to the nation to remain peaceful and exercise restraint," he said.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others...

Yup, real "cowads" there, that would rather die trying than live under tyranny. Where can we find some of those cowards in the U.S. to protect .... oh, never mind!


2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And then suddenly, there were a few gunshots that rang out, and she went down, she went down through the sunroof," he said. "And just at that moment I raised my camera up and the blast happened. ... -- Getty Images senior staff photographer John Moore

I'll bet the planners of this also use sky hooks in addition to the suspenders and belt routine to keep their pants up. No chances taken here. Or as people in the biz (not me) say "It was the old bang, boom job."


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