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2008-01-03

World away gets closer every day

By Judith Pannebaker

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday, Dec. 26, shortly after addressing a political rally near Islamabad.

After eight years in exile, she was poised to make another run for power in the country described as “the most dangerous in the world.” It has been speculated the Jan. 8 elections were designed to resolve divisive internal factions by pairing Bhutto as prime minister with Pervez Musharaf as a kinder, gentler president - and strongman.

Bhutto’s death, however, throws the election into doubt as another candidate, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has threatened to boycott the election. As of press time, however, the show has been postponed until February.

Television talking heads have conjectured Bhutto’s assassination will ultimately translate as a significant cog in the United States’ War on Terrorism. For this reason, the Courier has solicited the following opinion piece from a writer who has spent a considerable amount of time in South Asia.