Friday, December 28, 2007

Al Qaeda: We Killed Bhutto

"AL-QAIDA CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY" "The Times of India" (December 28, 2007)

That's what Al Qaeda spokesman Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid said.

And a bulletin from FBI and Homeland Security officials to U.S. law enforcement agencies cites Islamist Web sites which said Al Qaeda had claimed responsibility for Bhutto's assassination. And that Al Qaeda's number-2 man, Ayman al-Zawahri, was the planner.

They could be right.

An op-ed piece, "Security Barrier: Pakistan a More Dangerous Place Without Bhutto" claims that Pakistan is an important part of the Al Qaeda network: "As we’ve seen time and again, including in the most recent terrorist attempt in London, if you follow an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist’s road, it often leads back to Islamabad. September 11, the attacks on Madrid, the shoe bomber, the London tube bombers and Glasgow all had connections with Pakistan. The recent Red Mosque siege and now Bhutto’s assassination are just glaring proof that the terrorism nurtured in Pakistan and launched abroad has now come home to roost."

That could be true, too.

The frontier tribal areas of Pakistan are the sort of cultural and economic backwater where Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist groups seem to thrive.

If the Pakistani frontier is another Al Qaeda refuge, than helping Pakistan get on its feet is important. Although I'm pretty sure that we'll be hearing about the Chamberlainesque wisdom of side-stepping today's problems in Pakistan.

Posts about Benazir Bhutto.

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