Saturday, December 29, 2007

Pakistan and Benazir Bhutto's assasination

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan last week ultimately is rather inconsequential for the future of Pakistan and the disposition of so-called terrorists in western Pakistan and Afghanistan. While it is indeed very unfortunate that she died in the attack, the real impact of her assassination is a blow to amateurish, heavy-handed attempts by the U.S. government to meddle in the affairs of other countries. We read that Bhutto was encouraged to return to Pakistan by U.S. Secretary of State Rice. You didn't need a PhD in Diplomacy 101 to realize that such obvious intervention was doomed to fail to calm the waters in Pakistan and was much more likely to fan the flames of passion against the U.S. and its agenda of promoting "democracy" and anybody in Pakistan who might be so stupid as to align themselves with the U.S. Neoconservative agenda.

The future of Pakistan is indeed completely up in the air and chaos prevails, but that was true even before the assassination and even before the U.S. dialed up it recent intervention efforts.

Sure, there has been a lot of rioting since the assassination, but all of that together is still dwarfed by the pent up anger that has been fueled over the years, and decades, by U.S. meddling.

In all honesty and sincerity, the best that the U.S. can do right now is to simply back off and lay low until the people of the U.S. complete their "regime change" in the November election and a new U.S. president is ready to put forward a much more conciliatory foreign policy.

The people of Pakistan have the right and the responsibility to chart their own destiny as a nation and country. They need neither the acquiesence nor the permission of anyone in the U.S. government or its "advisers."

-- Jack Krupansky


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