Heard this on the radio on the way home from the airport: the former prime minister of Pakistan, who returned in October to campaign in the country's upcoming elecions, was assassinated earlier today.
My husband put it pithily, and he was exactly on point: "Awful. And it was really just a matter of time."
Yes, it was. As the above-linked story describes, an attempt was made on her life the very day she returned to Pakistan for the first time in eight years. (Gee, welcome home.) And, the list of people who wanted her dead is not exactly short -- from the Taliban and the warlords supporting them (who hate her for siding with the U.S. against radical Islam), to military officials who stood to lose by her party's rise to power.
Al Qaeda wasted no time taking credit for her death, though U.S. intelligence has not confirmed their claim. While details of who is responsible for the day's events are still emerging, this horror show has all the elements of a typical Al Qaeda bloodfest:
The former prime minister was murdered by an attacker who shot her in the neck and chest after a campaign rally and then blew himself up....
At least 20 others were also killed in the homicide bombing that immediately followed Bhutto's shooting....
[A]n Associated Press reporter saw body parts and flesh scattered at the back gate of the Liaqat Bagh park, where Bhutto had spoken. He counted about 20 bodies, including police, and could see many other wounded people.
Religion of peace, indeed.
I send my condolences to the family of Benazir Bhutto and the other innocents killed or harmed in today's madness. I wish Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, the best of luck keeping his (nuclear) tinderbox of a country under control in the coming weeks, while allowing citizens to grieve. And, to the extent that it is ever appropriate to wish for something good to come out of violence, I fervently hope that the blood shed today will give a few million Pakistanis -- and a good number of Westerners too -- the incentive they need to join our fight.
Godspeed, good lady.
BENEDICK ADDS: More than 50% of the Pakistani population support bin Laden. Musharraf is a barely-tolerable but responsible caretaker of the nukes. And he won't be around forever. Stay tuned for Democrats to start telling us -- once the jihadis take power -- that we need to talk nicely and that we shouldn't be "imperialist" by trying actively to prevent them from nuking Western countries. Iran, Pakistan, nukes . . . hmph. It's all falling into place for the Friends of Jihad we call the Left.