The blogosphere is a-buzz with speculation, mostly hesitating between mild outrage and fatalistic resignation. Bhutto was hardly George Washington, but she signified a whisper of something better for Pakistan. This seems like an acute assessment of the event and the assassinated leader:
Benazir Bhutto seemed childishly naïve when it came to the threat of Islamic nihilism. She did not hesitate to stress out the fragile Pakistan government to the breaking point. General Pervez Musharraf leaves much to be desired. The struggle for democracy, however, must not be allowed to make it easier for the Muslim extremists to capture power. Ms. Buhtto appeared unwilling to recognize this most important distinction. The Islamists most assuredly will continue assassinating modern thinking Pakistani leaders. Our world has just become a more dangerous place.
And here is an equally astute assessment from the lunatic fringe:
Well, her family can thank Bush for yet another death
If anyone can find the right words to respond to this galatically-stupid observation, please leave a comment. For once I'm at a loss for words.
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Thursday, December 27, 2007