< scratches head >hmmmm< /scratches head >
Usually PolitickerMD has some pretty interesting stuff. But sometimes not so much. This is a case of the latter.
Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s former prime minister assasinated by a murderous suicide attacker this morning, held tangential ties to a politically prominent woman here in Maryland: former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
Kennedy Townsend and Bhutto were both contemporaries at Harvard University in the early 1970s, and both the daughters of great political fortune and tragedy.
In a 1998 Crimson article, Bhutto described how she later came to identify with Kennedy Townsend when her own father was executed in 1979.
Tangential is just about right. So, too, would be “fleeting” and “irrelevant”.
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto was a tragedy not only for her family but to the shambolic political life of Pakistan. But we should not delude ourselves that Ms. Bhutto’s presence or party would have moved Pakistan one whit closer to stability or, that had she prevailed in the election, that she would have been able to be even as squishy as Pevez Musharraf in dealing with islamofascism within its borders. Ms. Bhutto’s previous reign was extraordinarily corrupt even by the standards of the region, as was the regime of her father. The fact that her son and husband are taking control of her political party speaks volumes to the type of crony populism the Bhuttos specialized in.
Whether or not Zulfikar Ali Bhutto deserved to end up on a rope is arguable but what is not arguable is that he was a Third World Peronist who used the nation as his personal piggy bank. The differences between the lives and principles of Robert Kennedy and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto are legion, their only similarity may very well be that both had daughters at Harvard at the same time.
Why this chance event merits notice is beyond my understanding. That PolitickerMD runs this story without a trace of incredulity or any apparent sense of irony or proportion is inexcusable.