Dec 27 2007

WorldView: Bhutto, Canada and Afghanistan

Published by at 8:59 pm under Uncategorized

A martyr died in Pakistan today. But that statement surely does not refer to the cowardly thug who took the life of Pakistani politician and potentially next prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Some Canadians may think this is just another random act of violence in a rough neighborhood of the world, that will ultimately have little effect on us.Yet our efforts to help Afghanistan back from the brink are intertwined with the success of efforts to root out extremism in Pakistan.
Quite recently, Bhutto had this to say about Canada’s contribution to the UN mission in Afghanistan: “I can understand that Canada has suffered a lot of casualties, and I can understand that the imperatives that would be there for Canada to pull its team. But I do believe that the future of Pakistan and Afghanistan is critical to the direction the global community is going to take.” (CBC News)

The Pakistan-Canada Association had this to say: The Late Benazir Bhutto was a tireless worker for the benefit of Pakistan and made the ultimate sacrifice to bring moderation and democracy back to the people of Pakistan. Whether or not you supported her politically her death has struck a cord with all Pakistanis and it is only after her tragic death that her importance to Pakistan can now be truly felt. It is our wish that a full investigation into her assassination be held and those responsible be brought to justice.

Rough days ahead.
UPDATE: Metroblogging Vancouver’s sister site, Metroblogging Islamabad, has some excellent firsthand blogging coverage of the reaction to Bhutto’s murder in Pakistan.

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “WorldView: Bhutto, Canada and Afghanistan”

  1. Madelaineon 27 Dec 2007 at 11:55 pm

    We need to get our military into Pakistan.

    I mean – if the terrorists are killing women in Pakistan we’ve obviously only pushed them into a different region – instead of eliminating them. Apparently, if we’re using your “logical/touchy-feely” system, you’d agree that killing women and political candidates means that we should now head into Pakistan too. Musharraf is obviously harbouring terrorists in his country and definitely is a human rights abuser – just like the Taliban.

    So why don’t you write a letter demanding we send troops into Pakistan?

    Oh yeh – that’s right – they have nuclear weapons and aren’t quite the 3rd worlders that our little buddies in Afghanistan are… It’s a conflagration you’re not really “comfortable” with. Like a schoolyard bully… picking your fights.

    Less than 24 hours ago – before this happened – I asked you on this blog if you had any clue as to the history between your much beloved Aghanistan and Pakistan. Maybe this will ‘learn you.

    Thanks for doing your part in ensuring terrorism remains a growth industry in Pakistan. Good job!

    PS: Anybody who takes a politician words at face value is an idiot or a rube. I bet you crapped your diapers when Condeleeza said, “We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud”… right?

  2. jnarveyon 28 Dec 2007 at 1:21 am

    I’ll be sure to take your lunch money and give you a wedgie at the first opportunity. Thanks for taking the time.

  3. Madelaineon 28 Dec 2007 at 9:39 am

    Good answer.
    Really thought that one out.
    Hope you have the cojones to leave it where everybody can see it – tough guy.

    Maybe being part of the same gene pool as you is what got your uncle killed.
    … just … not… smart … enough… to … keep … breathing…

    I’ve had my fun with you now.
    You can go.

  4. jnarveyon 29 Dec 2007 at 12:28 am

    Obtuse (definition):
    # [adj] slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; “so dense he never understands anything I say to him”; “never met anyone quite so dim”; “although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick”- Thackeray; “dumb officials make some really dumb decisions”; “he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse”; “worked with the slow students”

    # [adj] lacking in insight or discernment; “too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior”; “a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin”- Jasper Griffin

    Synonyms: dense, dim, dull, dumb, purblind, simple, slow, stupid, undiscerning, unsubdivided

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