MSNBC is reporting that Pakistan plans to go ahead with the parliamentary elections scheduled for January 8. Meanwhile, the Pakistani Interior Ministry has announced that al-Qaeda extremists assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, and Time has picked up the story and run all the way down the terror field with it, speculating that political assassination is al-Qaeda’s new best friend. Um, Time guys? Perhaps it’s a little too soon to push the panic button. It’s far from clear who engineered the assassination (something the author does concede near the end of the article), and we might want to wait for a little more information.
Ms. Bhutto was laid to rest today as the country continues to be wracked by violent protests. Sad and frightening. More as it breaks.
ADDENDUM: I’m not taking up for al-Qaeda here. Destabilizing Pakistan is probably way up near the top of Osama bin Laden’s to-do list. I’d just prefer not to given Giuliani, et al, any more opportunities to wank about how they’ll protect us from the evil terrists.