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The Big Picture

When something big happens, it's human nature to focus on small details. It's the mind protecting itself, keeping its attention on aspects that it can handle to avoid being overwhelmed by the big picture. I once attended a wake where the single detail I can remember clearer than anything was tiny drops of wax or embalming fluid on the deceased's finger. And when 9/11 happened, I was frantic to find details of the time a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building.

I'm now seeing that sort of thing in regards to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan. Was she a pro-democracy activist, or a corrupt kleptocrat? Was she shot, blown up, or did she hit her head?

Those questions can be important, but they tend to get people to overlook far more important details. And this is the most fundamental one:

She was a political figure, a former and possible future head of state, and she was killed by Islamic fanatics.

(This part will probably irritate a bunch of conspiracy theorists, but screw them.) It's been about 150 years since a major conspiracy to overthrow the US government came close to succeeding. There was a large plot to kill President Lincoln, but only one aspect of it -- John Wilkes Booth's assignment to kill the president -- actually succeeded.

Ever since then, the assassins and would-be assassins have been pretty much deranged loners. William McKinley's assassin was nuts, as was Kennedy's and the psycho who shot Ronald Reagan. So, too, were the assassins of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, and the guy who shot George Wallace. We don't know much about the guy who threw a hand grenade (that turned out to be a dud) at President Bush in Georgia (the country, not the state).

In other countries, I can only recall one non-Islamic nation losing a head of state to assassination in recent history -- the killing of Yitzhak Rabin of Israel by a militant Jew.

On the other hand, the numbers of assassinations and attempted assassinations that can be laid at the feet of Islamist nuts and Islamic nations are considerably more extensive. Now we can list Benazir Bhutto alongside Anwar Sadat, George H. W. Bush (unsuccessfully), numerous Lebanese politicians that proved inconvenient to the tyrants of Syria, Pervez Musharraf, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, numerous Iraqi leaders in recent years, and so on and so on.

The details of just what Ms. Bhutto did prior to the assassination and the particulars of just what claimed her life are largely irrelevant. What does matter is that she died because she sought to return to political power through peaceful, democratic means -- such things are capital crimes to Islamists.

That is the message of the most vocal adherents of the Religion Of Peace -- "if you cross us, or do anything that displeases us, we will kill you." It doesn't matter if you're a politician, a journalist, a novelist, a cartoonist, a filmmaker, a schoolteacher, or just a random passenger on an airliner or a bus or a train -- you are a potential target for death.

Welcome to the world of Dar al-Islam. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

Maybe that ought to be my New Year's resolution -- go "fishing for a fatwa" at least once a week. Once a week, I'll write something that speaks the simple, plain truth about the ugly side of Islam in clear, strong language. It'll be my little rebellion against those who are trying to bring the world to heel -- if not by the sword, than the threat of the sword.


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Comments (11)

I think we live in dar al-H... (Below threshold)

I think we live in dar al-Harb.

"The ugly side of Islam" co... (Below threshold)

"The ugly side of Islam" covers the whole of the "religion." It's founded on the unrestrained adolescent lusts and power-fantasies of a murderous, pedophilic, oathbreaking adulterer. It purports to be a direct revelation from God, yet it's filled with contradictions. Its exhortations to deceit and violence against "unbelievers" would dis-entitle Allah to moral status if he were a human; they're incomprehensible from the supposed Master of the Universe.

And that's just Islamic theology. The conduct of believing Muslims in this world is a subject for another micro-screed.

I believe in the "walk" not... (Below threshold)

I believe in the "walk" not the talk. NO matter what the faith, Jesus says you will "no them by their fruits." That can apply to anyone, but, what are the "fruits" of the Muslim faith? Death and destruction. Conversely, the bible says "the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy." The "thief" is Satan in this case. ww

In other countries, I ca... (Below threshold)

In other countries, I can only recall one non-Islamic nation losing a head of state to assassination in recent history

The failure hasn't been for a lack of attempts. I know the IRA tried to kill Maggie Thatcher at least once. Auguste Pinochet survived at least one planned ambush, as did Eduard Shevardnadze when he was president of Georgia.

Assassins will be out in fo... (Below threshold)

Assassins will be out in force if Shrillary or B Hussein Obama win the white house. They will make history, but an assassin will be the biggest name in history if one managed to take them out. That's all it takes to drive the mentally deranged folks, aka democrats.

You'll end up with a Fatwa ... (Below threshold)

You'll end up with a Fatwa on Mr. Duckie.

Excellent post. We often ge... (Below threshold)

Excellent post. We often get clouded by the nitty gritty details...but you cleared the water, regardless of not listing Thatcher or maybe others.

Will we wake in time? Will we not falter? I don't know, but I do know that this is for the long haul.
Thanks for your post.

One point I would like to m... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

One point I would like to make, is that Ms. Bhutto represented stability to many Pakistanis. Regardless of whether she was corrupt, her assassination represents an assault on the closest thing to representative government in Pakistan right now. This is why it is so significant that her 19-year-old son has taken over the party; he represents the third generation of Bhutto in national Pakistani poltics, and as such has been quickly embraced as a symbol of continuity for the nation.

In an earlier post I also compared Bhutto's assasination to Lincoln's murder, in that the killers failed in their general goal. In the Booth conspiracy, the conspirators managed to kill Lincoln, gravely wound Secretary Seward and kill his son, falsely implicate Vice-President Johnson, but failed in attempts on Secretary of War Stanton and General Grant. Witnesses at the scene when Sgt. Corbett shot Booth reported his last words were "useless ... useless" and so it was.

The Islamists hoped to destabilize Pakistan by killing Bhutto, and for a few tense days it appeared they might succeed. But the Pakistani people are no fools, and as the January elections appear to be set to go ahead, and people are getting straight information on what happened and who really wanted Bhutto dead, Al-Qaeda's failure is becoming increasingly clear, especially as Muslims who were ambivalent about AQ before, now see the terrorists for what they really are.

Another modern assasination... (Below threshold)

Another modern assasination was Indira Ghandi in India in 1984. Blamed on Sikhs who were upset that she ordered an assualt on the Golden Temple in Armitsar.

representative governmen... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

representative government hmmn Maybe more of a 'grotesque feudal charade' wherby

Asif Zardari (one of the most venal and discredited politicians in the country and still facing corruption charges in three European courts) and two ciphers will run the party till Benazir's 19-year-old son, Bilawal, comes of age. He will then become chairperson-for-life.
(yes that continuity but is sounds more like a hereditary position more becoming of a monarchy than a democracy.

Islamists resent these 'feudal princes and princesses' completely schooled in the West, so beloved by Western politicians with Western values and frailities e.g. Benazir's love of Baskin & Robbins ice cream

ONE indignant Islamist (you might say envious) puts in this way.

We want our rulers to be honest people,' he said. 'But now the rulers are living a life of luxury while thousands of innocent children have empty stomachs and can't even get basic necessities.'

(The writer of the piece continues )This is the reason for the rise of the Islamists in Pakistan and why so many people support them: they are the only force capable of taking on the country's landowners and their military cousins.

This is why in all recent elections, the Islamist parties have hugely increased their share of the vote, why they now already control both the North West Frontier Province and Baluchistan and why it is they who are most likely to gain from the current crisis.

Notwithstanding the Islamist tactics and policies are insane, but still...

Speaking of conspiracy theo... (Below threshold)

Speaking of conspiracy theories: there are some who would argue that the explosion of the Sultana (Apr 27, 1865) which killed 1500+ Union Soldiers was linked to the Lincoln assassination. But the official report of overloading/high spring run-off/poor maintenance also seems plausible.






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