May she rest in peace. And may Pakistan rest her in peace.
Here’s a few links to some perspectives.
From Ralph Peters who thinks that in death maybe she can unite Pakistanis against terrorists.
In fact, Bhutto was a frivolously wealthy feudal landlord amid bleak poverty. The scion of a thieving political dynasty, she was always more concerned with power than with the wellbeing of the average Pakistani. Her program remained one of old-school patronage, not increased productivity or social decency.
From Christopher Hitchens who thinks she may have changed her ways in the intervening years.
d her mind, at least on the Taliban and al-Qaida, and was willing to help lead a battle against them. She had, according to some reports, severed the connection with her rather questionable husband. She was attempting to make the connection between lack of democracy in Pakistan and the rise of mullah-manipulated fanaticism.
and From Spiegel who thinks that…well, read it, it’s hilarious.
Ongoing difficulties in Iraq. A Taliban offensive in Afghanistan. And now the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan. For the West, 2007 has become a year of failure and missteps.
They mention communism here and how it fell apart “all by itself” in recommending the use of the weapon “composure” to fight terrorism.
and finally From Mark Steyn on Bill Richardson’s response concerning Bhutto’s death.
What do we want? A broad-based coalition government that relentlessly hunts down terrorists and has a great prescription drug plan for seniors! When do we want it? Now! Well, gee, it would be unfair to let anybody else take credit for such a viable plan. Why doesn’t Governor Richardson jet in and run for the Pakistani parliament himself? First rally in Rawalpindi on Saturday?
This kind of “expertise” is why so many people hold politicians in contempt.