Bhutto’s assassination damages hopes for Pakistan democracy


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Americans may be geographically ignorant, but we know courage and we know tragedy. And both are evident in the story of Benazir Bhutto, the exiled former prime minister of Pakistan who returned home, despite the danger, and was assassinated Wednesday. This was a grave turn of events, and not just for the millions of Pakistanis hoping for political stability. Whatever the flaws of her former two terms as prime minister, Bhutto represented a hope for democracy in a troubled land. Her campaign in the Jan. 8 elections could have been the precursor to the flowering of real democracy. But a gunman/suicide bomber ended the hope for millions of Pakistanis of all classes, and raises the specter of this nuclear power falling into radical Islamist hands. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonNow even people who couldn’t find Pakistan on a map can intuit how this assassination may profoundly alter the future – not just for that region, but for the entire world.last_img

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