Like her father and two brothers, Benazir Bhutto has met a violent death — with more violence for her country in the offing. Bhutto was certainly no political reformer. Earlier, when she was Prime Minister, her husband was dubbed “Mr. 10 Percent” for allegedly receiving kickbacks — providing the military with a pretext for removing her from power. Nevertheless, before she was assassinated, Bhutto’s party had been favored in the Jan. 8 national parliamentary elections. Instead, her nation is now in a dangerous state of disarray, with embattled dictator Pervez “Let’s Arrest the Supreme Court” Musharraf precariously clinging to power. Although Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is in safe hands (for now), the Bush Administration must swiftly reach out to the country’s democratic opposition before it is too late.
– Gautam Dutta