Biden on Bhutto’s Assassination


Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has just declared three days of mourning in the wake of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman and presidential candidate Joe Biden has released this statement:

“This is a terrible day. My heart goes out to Benazir Bhutto’s family, friends and followers.
“Like her father before her, Benazir Bhutto worked her whole life — and gave her life — to help Pakistan become a democratic, secular and modern Muslim country. She was a woman of extraordinary courage who returned to Pakistan in the face of death threats and even after an assassination attempt the day of her return, she did not flinch. It was a privilege to know her these many years and to call her a friend.
“I am convinced Ms. Bhutto would have won free and fair elections next week. The fact that she was by far Pakistan’s most popular leader underscores the fact that there is a vast, moderate majority in Pakistan that must have a clear voice in the system. Her assassination makes it all the more urgent that Pakistan return to a democratic path.
“This fall, I twice urged President Musharraf to provide better security for Ms. Bhutto and other political leaders — I wrote him before her return and after the first assassination attempt in October. The failure to protect Ms. Bhutto raises a lot of hard questions for the government and security services that must be answered.
“I know that Benazir’s followers will be tempted to lash out in anger and violence. I urge them to remain calm — and not play into the hands of the forces of destruction. I urge Pakistan’s leaders to open a fully accountable and transparent investigation. We must find out who was behind this and bring those responsible to justice. And the United States should offer any assistance necessary, including investigative teams, to get to the bottom of this horror.
“The way to honor Benazir Bhutto is to uphold the values for which she gave her life: democracy, moderation and social justice. I join with the Pakistani people in mourning the loss of a dear friend.”

— Steve Clemons


3 comments on “Biden on Bhutto’s Assassination

  1. bob h says:

    I would be willing to bet that Condi has on her desk a request from Benazir Bhutto that Musharaff be forced to provide the enhanced security that had been requested. Somewhere here there is another Condi Rice screwup.


  2. Carroll says:

    When will the US see the way forward in South Asia is through India and the dissolution of Pakistan into it’s component states?
    Posted by S Brennan at December 27, 2007 01:28 PM
    Proof that unlike monkeys some humans don’t even learn from repetition.


  3. S Brennan says:

    Pervez Musharraf’s ISI certainly had a hand in this murder, like Monty Python’s Inquisition, they’re everywhere. Unlike Monty Python’s Inquisition, the ISI is a group of murderous terrorist group.
    To the corruption charge Pervez Musharraf’s apologists will sure hurl, let’s remember, if former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s wanted comfort from corruption she surely would have stayed away.
    Benazir Bhutto didn’t seek comfort or safety, whatever else, she showed more courage than Pervez MusharrafI and his ISI terrorist squad.
    When will the US see the way forward in South Asia is through India and the dissolution of Pakistan into it’s component states?
    No nation on earth is more high contrived than Pakistan, it’s held together by the premise of eternal war, terror and tyranny.


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