Thursday, December 27, 2007

We need politicians as brave as Bhutto

Headline at BuzzFlash:

"Osama Bin Laden is safe in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto was not. Osama Bin Laden is alive and free in Pakistan. Daniel Pearl is not. Neither Iran nor Iraq have nuclear weapons. But Pakistan does." This is the bitter harvest of the bungling, Bush/Cheney backing of a dictatorship that harbors the same Islamic fundamentalists who pulled off 9/11.

Links to Words Of Power:

When she returned to Pakistan a few weeks ago, I kept asking myself, "Why?"

She certainly knew she would most likely be killed.

I knew she would most likely be killed.

This morning, as I heard the news of her assassination, the answer struck me, and it came with a bitter twist of irony.

Every time you ask yourself why US political leaders will not stand up to the Bush-Cheney regime, why impeachment is off the table, why the betrayal of US secret agent Valerie Plame's covert identity goes unavenged, why those who looked the other way while 9/11 went down, then lied us into war with Iraq and attempted to lie us into war with Iran, continue to occupy positions of power and privilege, why violations of FISA, FOIA, the Geneva Accords, the Bill of Rights, etc. have gone on unchecked, why no one is under criminal investigation for obstruction of justice in the firing of the US attorneys or the theft of elections in 2000, 2002 and 2004; remember the beautiful face, passionate heart and eloquent tongue of Benazir Bhutto, remember too Yitzhak Rabin, and Jack and Bobby Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Omar Torrijos, and Anwar Sadat, and the answer will come to you.

They do not stand up because they are afraid.

She was not afraid.

It certainly came as no surprise that Ms. Bhutto was assassinated.

It also came as no surprise that the assassin was able to sneak past Pakistani 'security' metal detectors wearing a bomb and carrying a pistol.

The fix was in on her murder, of that we can be certain. Her brand of politics could not be allowed to catch on in Pakistan at this time. The outcome was simply a matter of time, and time was up.

But she was not afraid, or perhaps she was and overcame it. She went headfirst against vastly overwhelming power arrayed against her.

I hope someone picks up where she left off.

It's too bad we don't have anybody like her in this country. If we did, I'm sure this administration wouldn't be above a little murder. Bush doesn't have the balls, but Cheney sure does.

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