Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto assassinated

Just moments after this picture was taken, a gunman shot Benazir Bhutto in the head and neck, and then detonated a bomb filled with lead shrapnel, killing a further 20. She was a woman of immense personal courage and bravery, who returned to Pakistan just weeks ago Knowing full well that there were Islamist elements there who wanted her dead. Yet still she made speeches, wrote articles, campaigned, and talked daily with the ordinary people, risking everything to restore democracy to Pakistan.

Cranmer isn’t going to wax lyrical about how wonderful she was, because in reality she was as corrupt as any Pakistani politician who plundered millions from some of her nation’s poorest. She had a villa in Dubai, a house in London, and many millions in the bank.

But it is what she represented that is important, for the world has lost a crusader for democracy; a staunch proponent of moderate Islamic values against the ‘Islamo-fascism’ which is on the ascendancy all over the world. She was concerned to build a Pakistan of secular liberal values - equal rights and religious freedom - not just for Muslims, but for Christians, Hindus and Sikhs as well. Her vision for Pakistan was akin to that of Ghandi’s India.

Yet the Islamists finally got her. Her gender offended, her liberal values offended, her closeness to ‘the West’ offended, her support for democracy offended. In short, she represented and consorted with everything they despise. Now she has been despatched to meet her maker, the Islamist cause to frustrate democracy in Pakistan is very much furthered.

But why was she not better protected? She had discussed her security with (then) General Musharraf, and he knew there had been previous attempts on her life, but still she was in a car without protective screens and no armed guard. It was, in truth, only a matter of time before a suicide bomber managed to get close enough.

While the British Government and the Opposition were united in the concern for the situation in Pakistan, cautiously making measured and moderate demands for the restoration of democracy and stability, the Conservative candidate for Gillingham went a few steps further, even calling for revolution. Cranmer warned at the time what it would lead to, but the sadness for Atta-Ur-Rehman Chisti is that ultimately it was his friend and leader who was the tragic victim, not Mr Musharraf.

Pakistan is fraught with political, religious and sociological difficulties. It is plagued by a terrorism which is steeped in Islamism, and acquiring control of the nuclear arsenal has long been an Al-Q’aeda objective. And now Pakistan stands on the brink of the revolution demanded by Mr Chisti, with a situation that is deteriorating rapidly towards greater chaos and an inexorable instability.

It is important now for the world to support Mr Musharraf as he attempts to steer his country from the brink of civil war. He has been a staunch ally in the ‘war on terror’ and is fully versed in the implications of an ascendant global religio-political Islam. If Islamism is defeated in Pakistan, there is hope for defeating it in the world. It is therefore in the interests of Britain and the world to support him at this time. Benazir Bhutto may have been killed by terrorists, but the terrorists must not be allowed to kill democracy - in Pakistan or anywhere else.


Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

If Musharraf can't hold, then it's Apocalypse Now.

What do they mean by moderate and extremist Islam anyway? Moderate Islam is practicing the Universalist, Cosmicist theology of the AntiChrist whilst still maintaining an outward Islamic appearence. 'Extremist' Islam really is traditional Islam. etc.

27 December 2007 at 18:07  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Gen Musharraf may have illegally suspended democracy, but this sort of thing makes you understand why. I don't think suspending them from the Commonwealth helped either.

What Pakistan really needs is a whole new bag of politicians - the emerging names are all yesterday's players. And the only revolution that's needed is in the education system. Get that right, and a whole new generation will be born. This could be the Bhutto legacy. At least we might hope and pray so.

27 December 2007 at 18:31  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace,

It would be as well to consider the position of the Inter Services Intelligence Directorate in all of this, too.

As so often, cui bono?

27 December 2007 at 18:44  
Anonymous Nathan Hale said...

Tragic. Ms. Bhutto has atoned for her thievery with this brave act of martyrdom.

Here's hoping the Pakistani people can come to their senses and create a peaceful and prosperous nation.

27 December 2007 at 18:50  
Anonymous Atlas shrugged said...

I note the intelligent use of the word MAY in your last sentence.

The last candidate for this murder I think would be Musharraf as he would at least appear to have very little to gain by this.

Conspiracy or not. You are right to indicate that the results will be the same. Surly we could all see this coming. Events are moving rapidly and seem to be guided by a not so unseen hand. That it also seems none of us are truly worthy to fully understand.

As they say "God moves in mysterious ways."

27 December 2007 at 19:34  
Blogger AethelBald, King of Wessex said...

Yet the Islamists finally got her

Is this beyond doubt? There are other players. Cui bono? Musharraf?

Benazir Bhutto may have been killed by terrorists, but the terrorists must not be allowed to kill democracy

Perhaps democracy is one of the good intentions with which the road to Hell is paved. Iraq comes to mind, of course, but so does the reaction of some Saudi judges after that rape victim was pardoned. I understand their reaction as visceral hatred for the ways of the West, one of which is democracy. If this is the case, then the notion that democracy is an unqualified Good Thing looks increasingly shaky. Remember Algeria 1991, when the Islamists looked about to win an unacceptable victory.

As a thought experiment, ask yourself if you would rather have a democratic Pakistan propped up by the USA, or that it fell under, say, Chinese influence. Which of these two hegemons takes the longer view, do you think? Which option would be better for us in the long run?

Just asking.

27 December 2007 at 20:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


27 December 2007 at 21:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets get a few things clear right off the bat. Bhutto was no lover of pakistan as she and many others implied. When money has been piled up as great as the amount she had, it no longer has the same appeal,POWER becomes the new byword, and this is what she craved, and what ultimately took her life. I think its fair to say folk havent forgotten how she financially raped pakistan.

27 December 2007 at 21:36  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Anon 21.36, if you read Cranmer's second paragraph, he mentions precisely that. She wasn't a saint, and she did wrong in her life and in politics, but she did represent a hope for a liberal democratic Pakistan.

27 December 2007 at 21:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's better dead. Islam needs women like her like a hole in the head. The bitch deserved it and Musharraf can go the same way. Pakistan can then become a proper Islamic state.

27 December 2007 at 23:32  
Anonymous MMA said...

Mr. / Ms. Annonymous.

First of all, we are all agree here, that she did worst in her terms.

About the comments you posted:

"She's better dead. Islam needs women like her like a hole in the head..." ...Are you Islam? / God / Allah (Actually God & Allah is the same thing , those stupid mullahs and Anon , want you to use the word Allah instead of God, lack of education i would say because Arab Christan use the word Allah for God , coz I have a friend who is Iraqi Christian) Anywayz.... The Islam don't need the justification of anyone out there, what is moderate and what is extreme... the Islam already define in the first chapter that "Walk on Balance and Correct Path" .... The Balance Path is the Correct One and if you want to use the fancy words like "Moderate Islam" , "Englihted Islam" then it is upto you, but Islam is balanced, and the meaning of Islam means ..."Peace" so where does the Peace comes from? If you act Balance in your life , in every aspect, in your prayer and in your views and in your ethics.

Now come to that point what is "Extreme" when you go beyond the Limit, set by any authority you are actually going Extreme. Readers , please let me know if someone goes against the teaching of Koran do you think they are doing the "Balance" thing? Aren't they going Extreme? Indeed they are going Extreme.

To Mr. Anon again, please remember, before going angry and shouting that she is better be dead etc etc etc, don't try to judge yourself of someone's fate. You are Mr. Anon, is not a God! Let God decide who is going to hell and heaven, and who deserve worst and who is not.

I am Muslim, and I am Pakistan, and currently living in USA.

Please try to refrain your anger as well, cause Anger blind the true judgement , you better study the Islamic History that Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him asked for calmness and coolness and taught us that we should not be angry, and if you don't remember, please study the "Truce of Hudabiyay"

Peace ,

San Francisco, CA

28 December 2007 at 06:41  
Anonymous Moomintrol said...

I agree with His Grace's comments that her death is a personal and political tragedy.
Your comments demonstrate that the world needs Islam like a hole in the head.

28 December 2007 at 11:43  
Anonymous king kong said...

"And now Pakistan stands on the brink of the revolution demanded by Mr Chisti...."

Maybe this is the moment of glory for Mr Chisti, to step into the void left by Benazir Bhutto.

29 December 2007 at 02:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Arch-Bishop's chief concern should be that of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom. Most oftentimes the changing of political atmospheres is just a cause of bloodshed and strife, such as that of the many quarrels in Africa leading men of God to seek neutrality on political stances for the sake of the good news. Although democratic governments seem to be more conducive to the spreading of God's Word, it is not necessarily true in many regions of the world.

30 December 2007 at 19:29  
Anonymous Adrian Peirson said...

As Politicians go, not ever having met her I'll have to rely on instincts.
I think she was a decent Politician, at least with her heart in the right place.
Qui Bono, we'll I don't think she was on the Payroll of the NWO and it's for that reason she had to be got rid of she wasn't part of their plans.
She was niave about the NWO, Zionist Global Elite because she asked Milliband for advice on her security.

An Attractive, moderate western Ally that might have made a moderate Pro Western Pakistan ?

I don't think so, I think she wasted her life, for the right reasons of course, even if she had won, there were/are enough factions out their gunning for her that eventually she would have been killed.
A sad day for the Moderates of all pursuasions.

2 January 2008 at 18:36  
Blogger sushilsingh said...

Benazir Bhutto (June 21, 1953 – December 27, 2007) was a

Pakistani politician who chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party a

centre-left political party in Pakistan. Bhutto was the first woman

elected to lead a Muslim state,[1] having twice been Prime Minister of

Pakistan (1988–1990; 1993–1996).
Please visit for more detail

8 January 2008 at 11:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Benazir Bhutto was an elitist par excellence. But like a wolverine in sheep's clothing she paraded her false love for the poor. Why just her pearl necklace alone cost more than all the assets of her base - the poor and downtrodden of Pakistan. Basically she was a mob queen who those pipliyay were more interested in giving the title of saint than Mother Teresa. She was haughty, arrogant and a choon choon ki murabbi.

Oh and BTW teh Taliban who took her down in the end were her own government's creation! Now that's what i call poetic justice!!!

27 April 2009 at 10:32  

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