Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto

I have only been a casual and distant observer of Pakistani politics in general and Benazir Bhutto's life and career in particular: I'm neither one of her champions nor one of her opponents. I simply don't know enough about her to have more than a rudimentary, unformed impresion that's slighly that's slightly more positive than negative.
I am sorry, however, to hear of her assassination earlier today. It is no great suprise that al-Quaeda has claimed responsibility: They have done or tried to do this same kind of thing often enough before. This will certainly change political dynamics in Pakistan, and Afganistan, and India, and Iran, although I'm not expert enough to analyze or predict exactly.
One of the ripples of this political earthquake is the response of Mike Huckabee, one of the Republican candidates for the US Presidency, who goes so far as to apologize for her assassination. Is this merely a verbal gaffe, or does he think we have actually done something he ought to apologize for?

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