Friday, April 16, 2010

Politics... a deadly business. A United Nations report into the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto almost three years ago has concluded that her death could have been prevented "if adequate security measures had been taken. That news today that the government of Pakistan did little to help in the followup investigation of the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto does not surprise me. In that part of the world it is not fashionable to be a woman or especially a woman with aspirations. I remember when Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two body guards a few years ago. I guess it is not limited to women. Anwar Sadat was assassinated while he was watching a military parade in Egypt by some military troops. Then there was Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Israel who was assassinated by a young Israeli zealot who was concerned that Rabin was not conservative enough and was willing to give lands back to Palestine. Then there were the four assassinations of American presidents Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy by persons who did not like their politics. I don't think those jobs pay enough.

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