If you heard of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination yesterday and exclaimed, “Dear God, what will this mean for geo-political relations and the state of democracy in the Middle East?” you likely don’t need this post. If, however, you thought, “Who the hell is Benazir Bhutto and why is CNN.com all gloomy looking?” you’ve come to the right place.
–Who is Benazir Bhutto? A Harvard and Oxford graduate, she was the first female prime minister in the modern-day Islamic world. That’s big doings in a society that won’t let women even drive a damn car. She was chased out of office twice on charges of corruption but always contended it was opposition politics.
–In recent months, she returned to Pakistan from self-imposed exile to rally supporters in advance of elections, originally scheduled for January 8 but now up in the air. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is at best left with a hair-trigger nation ready to revolt – make that nuclear nation – and at worst, behind the assassination himself.
–What does this mean for the US? It’s another blow to the Bush administration, who at one time had strong influence over Pakistan, and who won’t stop beating the dead horse that is democracy in the Middle East. I’m unsure how many different ways these folks can say, “WE’RE NOT INTERESTED.”
In short, it’s another event that could trigger complete chaos in a part of the world that really doesn’t need one ounce more. Keep an eye on developments to find out if Captain America will finally get the armageddon for which he’s worked so darn hard.