I stuck around at St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a-time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain
I shouted out,
"Who killed the Kennedys?"
When after all
It was you and me
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name
Throughout history we've seen how the course of human events can take an abrupt turn with the death of just one person. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand set into motion WWI. There were numerous alliances and tenuous relationships at the time that had created a house of cards which fell because of that one murder.
After the assassination of JFK, we became embroiled in war in VietNam. The assassinations of RFK and MLK destroyed the hope of the nation that peace, love, and equality was on the way. But no - instead, the answer to hope for the future by those in alliance with true evil is the forced death of those that would lead us towards enlightenment.
And so - it seems - once again.
The evil that desires to extinguish those rare lights in the darkness throughout human history has managed to do it again. On Dec 27, 2007, the last best hope for a brighter future for Pakistan was snuffed out. Benazir Bhutto, sure to ride a wave of popular support into the Premiership, was gunned down and then blown up in the same spot her father was killed 28 years earlier. The comparisons to the Kennedy family cannot be ignored. Like them, she embraced hope and inspiration rather than fear to inspire support, and like them she was killed by the opposition that only knows intimidation.
A Middle East on the cusp of collapse, with Pakistan at the nexus between tribal and religious law and western democracy needed Ms. Bhutto. They craved her and the promise of a new day like a man dying in the desert craves water. They've now seen that water taken away from them with no hope of any more on the way.
In our anguish we have to ask: Who benefits from this?
Not the Pakistanis - they face more military rule
Not the American people - a destablized nuclear power in a destablized region is a disaster in countdown.
Not al Qaeda - Pakistan and Musharraf is one of our "allies" right?... right?
Musharef: Maybe... but he was living on borrowed time, and this won't help him buy much more.
The oil companies?... Where was that oil pipeline supposed to go? Oh yeah - through Pakistan and Afghanistan. Who was in charge of Unocal? Oh yeah - Khalizad, an Afghani who is now the U.S. ambassador to the UN.
It's pretty clear that a destabilized Pakistan (and the rest of the Middle East) is good for the oil companies. Admittedly, it's certainly a leap to suggest that the opponent of the current leadership in Pakistan (whom the U.S. is propping up) was killed to maintain oil profits, but nothing is too bizarre to propose these days. She was shot first and then blown up. Considering that al Qaeda would've just blown her up, it's easy to consider that a gunman might have been wrapped with explosives to ensure compliance, then blown up via remote control to cover tracks. :foil:
Regardless, like all the beacons before her that have been taken away just as their light was beginning to shine, her absence leaves a void that must be filled, and unfortunately will likely be filled with more darkness. I just hope that she is not the Archduke Ferdinand of our time, her country, and the Middle East. No more sympathy for these devils, whatever their names might be.