Benazir Bhutto ended her life with a view of her as a courageous politician and fighter in the struggle for democracy. Unfortunately her wishes indicated in her will lead to what Tariq Ali calls a “charade” and “feudal” act by nominating her own family to succeed her.
In the emotional climate following the tragedy of this assassination rational thought becomes clouded. Benazir had Western backers, and as we know only too well they have their own agendas. US involvement in particular in country after country has lead to tears and more tears, but in the case of Pakistan they have followed the trail started by British imperial rule.
Tariq Ali is clearly emotive in his Independent article (31.12.2007) but it is counter to that unleashed by events in Pakistan.