29 December 2007

How did Pakistan's Bhutto die and why is it so important?

The body is still warm, so to say, but the conspiracy theory brigade is already up in arms. And as usual, the ghouls start from the grisly details.

Conflicting reports about what caused the death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto are fueling questions about the circumstances of her assassination.
It is as if the question of how the fatal wound was caused changes the basic facts. And indeed in a few more days we'll see more and more of that nonsense, ending somewhere in the rarefied strata of high-tech assassination methods involving CIA, Mossad and the other usual suspects.

It is not as if the fate of a large nuclear armed nation were at stake and it is not as if another country were in danger of falling under influence of Islamic fundies. No, what is all important to the ghouls is whether it was a bullet or a sunroof lever...

Meanwhile, some new information about the possible Al Qaeda involvement (via its Taleban comrades) is coming up:
The Pakistani government has directly implicated the commander of newly created Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, or Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema claimed the government intercepted a phone conversation between Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, and Maulvi Sahib, one of Mehsud's underlings.
Of course, it could be a smoke screen raised by ISI, the Pakistani military intelligence, known to be quite a bunch of unsavory characters, so an independent confirmation would be great. But, just in case, here is the "hero" that emerges on the scene, already packed quite tightly by Islamic maddies of various calibers - Baitullah Mehsud:

Not that all that (almost obviously fake) hair and the scarf will allow you to identify the guy if you run into him in your neighborhood Walmart, but it is at least something to be aware of...

And, while we are on the subject:
On Saturday, a spokesman for Mehsud denied his involvement, The Associated Press reported.

Hat tip to Soob.