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The Day After: The World Reacts To The Murder of Benazir Bhutto

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A day later, shock and fear still seem to rule in Pakistan in the aftermath of the killing of Benezir Bhutto. We do know, confirmed again today in the Washinhgton Post that the US government brokered her return. Were there any discussions of security arrangements? We don't know. Could this predictable killing have been prevented?

Latest News—AP reported Friday morning: "Bhutto buried as Pakistan unrest spreads

Hundreds of thousands of mourners, weeping and chanting for justice, thronged the mausoleum of Pakistan's most famous political dynasty in a raw outpouring of grief for Benazir Bhutto. The government blamed al-Qaida and the Taliban for the assassination of the opposition leader, who was buried alongside her father.

Furious supporters, many of them blaming President Pervez Musharraf's government for the shooting and bombing attack on the former prime minister, rampaged through several cities in violence that left at least 23 dead less than two weeks before crucial elections.

Some wept, others chanted "Benazir is alive," as the plain wood coffin was placed beside the grave of her father in the vast, white marble mausoleum in southern Sindh province near the Bhuttos' ancestral home.

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Obituary: Benazir Bhutto, 54, Weathered Political Storms

John F. Burns, of The New York Times, offers an obituary for Benazir Bhutto. Rory McCarthy, of The Guardian UK, gives a broad list of suspects in the killing. Laura Rozen, of Mother Jones, interviews a former US intelligence official on the Bhutto assassination.

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Here are some other views and responses from a variety of sources. I am not at Dissector Central and have limited connectivity, but here are some comments of interest.

Jayne Stahl on OpEdNews: WE ARE COMPLICIT!

Whether one thought of Bhutto as a Western shill, or a populist folk hero, her barbaric murder can only send shocks up and down the spine of even the most Machiavellian as it is an egregiously politically expedient move, especially in light of Pakistani elections which are less than two weeks away.

Not coincidentally, President Pervez Musharraf's only other rival, Nawaz Sharif's return to Islamabad quickly interrupted, in September, by money laundering charges. Musharraf has figured out the most effective way to end a state of emergency—kill off one's opponents, or drive them back into exile.

Ultimately, it is you and I, the American taxpayer, who have Benazir Bhutto's blood on our hands as we have been financing that thug Musharraf whose handiwork is all over this assassination. Among the many insidious legacies of this administration will be the instability, and carnage that will result from a foreign policy that reeks of greed, irreverence for human life. and plodding irrelevance.

It's time to give marching orders to the same thugs who have held Washington, D.C. in a state of emergency since 9/11, send Pervez Musharraf packing, and Mr. Bush with him.? ?In mid-August, I wrote an eerily timely blog which is reposted below, "Who's Packing in Pakistan," where the $11 billion of U.S. aid, which this administration euphemistically calls "wasted," has largely ended up.

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Not only does Congress need to investigate the wanton, and criminal destruction of interrogation videotapes, back in 2005, in defiance of a court order, but now, more than ever, there needs to be a thorough, independent examination into where $11 billion of our money went, and who, here in the States, is also profiting from this dictator who boasts of being in bed with the Taliban, and whose fingerprints are all over this morning's attack on former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The main suspects:

The main suspects in Benazir Bhutto's assassination are the Pakistani and foreign Islamist militants who saw her as a heretic and an American stooge and had repeatedly threatened to kill her.

Barbara Crossette writes in the Nation and on Alternet:

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at Amazon.com. See Newsdisssector.org/store.htm.

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