Benazir Bhutto: Mission Failed
Posted December 28, 2007on:
Yes she’s dead. The first woman ever elected to lead an Islamic nation is gone as well as her promise to bring democracy to Pakistan. She managed to escape from the bomb blast last october in Karachi but death was her destiny and she couldn’t do anything after a terrorist shot her in the neck. Her killer then blew himself up and killed at least 22 people. It’s not a Hollywood thriller movie, it’s the real thing. It’s something called Pakistan. The death of Benazir Bhutto shows the world that Pakistan is not ready for democracy and its people have to prepare to see more terror and violence in the coming years.
I remember when Pervez Musharraf took over the government in 1999 he promised his people that he woud be in charge temporarily and he promised that he was going to hold a political election very soon. But I guess he became greedy and started thinking that being the president of Pakistan is not a bad job after all. And after 9/11 tragedy Pakistani role in world’s politics became much more important as America decided that Pakistan could be their best friend in South Asia to fight against terrorism in Afghanistan and catch Osama bin Laden. Pervez Musharraf knew at that moment that his fellow Americans didn’t want him to step down, so go to hell with democracy, he might’ve thought. So far, Pakistan has received more than $5 billion aid from America which some critics accuse that the money has been largely misused by Pervez Musharraf to oppress his political rivals. Pervez Musharraf and his officials have denied every single accusation that his government was responsible for Bhutto’s death but it’s a fact that he hated Bhutto and it took American government to force him to let Benazir Bhutto enter the election campaign. The latest news reported that Benazir Bhutto had sent an e-mail to Mark Siegel, her U.S. adviser and longtime friend, saying that if she were killed, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf would bear some of the blame.
Pakistan will always be in my heart. I left some pieces of my heart when I had to go home to Indonesia after living in Islamabad for three years. I didn’t have the chance to explore Pakistan (the Northern area is so beautiful) much because I was too young, but one thing I knew despite the so-called normal scene I used to see on the sreets where men would walk carrying automatic guns was that most Pakistanis were nice people. At same time, most Pakistanis are poor, they live in rural areas in traditional houses with poor public facilities. In the summer Pakistanis have to face an acute drought where finding water could sometimes be as hard as winning a one-million-dollar lottery. And when the winter comes, the weather can be so cold in some areas that Pakistanis have to wish that someday they could have electricity to heat up themselves. Pakistanis eat simple food and chapati is something they have to have for every meal they prepare just like Indonesians who think it’s not called a meal if there’s no rice. It’s sad to know that those poor and simple people have to continue their difficult time trying to have better lives. I guess they can blame their politicians and government officials, again.