I did not intend posting on Miss Bhutto’s demise and some may feel my comments are a bit harsh considering the woman has only just been laid to rest, but I have not read the type of sycophantic drivel that has been published in the media about Miss Bhutto death since Diana Windsor fell off the twig, so I thought I would make an attempt to balance things out with this piece.
For me Benazir Bhutto represented every thing that is wrong and rotten with Pakistani politics; and not only Pakistani I might add. Opportunist to the core she drifted towards power elite’s, whatever their political values and justified her craven behavior by claiming she could not be on the wrong side of history.
When socialism was on the rise in the West she toyed with it, but once the USSR imploded she worked hard to become the USA’s favorite daughter in the East, unfortunately for her the US administration already had a favorite son in Pakistan. Although when President Bush due to domestic disquiet needed Pervez Musharraf shady election victory painted with a shiney coat of democratic paint, Benazir became useful once again to the US administration and willingly accepted the job of being the Bush administrations paint brush, for which she has now paid with her life.
Dynastic to such a degree that personal ability was not a factor in her rise, an accumulator of great personal wealth gained in the long run at the expense of the peasants and the urban economically poor, who were the very people her party the Pakistan Peoples Party claimed to represent and wished to empower. In her personal behavior and life style she was a third world bourgeois to the core, greedy, arrogant, haute, and contemptuous towards those who did not belong to her class.
Her husband Asif Zardari was known throughout Pakistan as Mr 10% and not without good cause, however she was always the chair/CEO of the family business whilst he was merely chief accountant.
To those on the left who have shown sympathy towards Miss Bhutto I would remind them that she and her ilk since the State of Pakistan was first formed have worked hard keeping power in the hands of small cliques, whether military or civilian. In the process they have built a nightmare State in which human life is cheap and what revenue the state possesses is used for private gain and what is left is syphoned off to the military or on vainglorious project like the Islamic Nuclear Bomb. The economically poor in Pakistan live a short life in poverty and ignorance, education is little more than a dream for their children who are set to work at a very young age. Perhaps the writers of those rosy obituaries of Miss Bhutto should consider that such poverty does not come about due to an accident, but because people like Miss Bhutto will it. One should also consider it is almost impossible to attain and retain great wealth in Pakistan without acting corruptly.
So I say to hell with the theoretical maybes and the this and that’s, for in their hearts all of these leftist know full well that Miss Bhutto had no intention when she returned to Pakistan of fighting against the vested interests who create such appalling poverty. To praise a women, as one known leftist has done, who ended her life as the willing tool of the most reactionary US President in decades was a disgraceful act. Have the left slipped to such a low level of consciousness that we no longer rejoice in an exploiters demise, whilst I did not wish her dead, I see no reason to be a hypocrite now she is. She was not courageous, simple vain and over confident, one only had to see this silly woman waving from the sun roof of her car to understand that she believed the great satan would protect her. She never gave a thought to those of her supporters who would be killed if she were attacked, she simply epitomized the me, me, me, age we live in.