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Who Killed Bhutto? The Scramble for Culprits Begins
NY Sun ^ | December 27, 2007 | NICHOLAS WAPSHOTT

Posted on 12/27/2007 11:33:34 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? In a country riven by deep political differences and beset by constant violent threats from Islamist terrorists, including Al Qaeda, it is a question more easily asked than answered.

American officials are exploring whether the immediate claim of responsibility by an Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan posted on an Italian Web site is credible. A reporter from the Web site spoke to the commander of Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, who said, "We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahideen."

The report went on to say that the decision to assassinate Bhutto was taken in October by Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al Zawahri, who was imprisoned for his part in the plot which assassinated President Anwar Sadat of Egypt in 1981.

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attempt by a suicide bomber on Bhutto's life in Karachi on October 18, when 136 were killed and at least 450 injured. After that assassination attempt she received a letter from someone claiming to be close to Mr. bin Laden, who threatened she would be slaughtered "like a goat.".........."

(Excerpt) Read more at nysun.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; bhutto; dajjal; islamicjihad; jihad; pakistan; terrorism; wot
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If this holds, Al Qaeda has made a big mistake. I hope to see an al Zawahri video on the subject.
1 posted on 12/27/2007 11:33:37 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Bet the “Bush did it” crowd will be out soon.


2 posted on 12/27/2007 11:36:16 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Of the couple dozen parties with hit squads out for this, Alqaida isd the least likely. The caller who claimed it for Alqaida was a plant or glory seeker.


3 posted on 12/27/2007 11:36:16 AM PST by RightWhale (Dean Koonz is good, but my favorite authors are Dun and Bradstreet)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Pakistan: Al-Qaeda claims Bhutto's death (12/27/2007 6:35:52 AM)
4 posted on 12/27/2007 11:38:11 AM PST by weegee (If Bill Clinton can sit in on Hillary's Cabinet Meetings then GWBush should ask to get to sit in too)
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To: RightWhale

“Al-Qaeda’s commander and main spokesperson Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid told Adnkronos International (AKI) in a phone call from an unknown location”


5 posted on 12/27/2007 11:39:06 AM PST by weegee (If Bill Clinton can sit in on Hillary's Cabinet Meetings then GWBush should ask to get to sit in too)
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To: Brilliant

“Bet the “Bush did it” crowd will be out soon.”

OR that Mastermind Rove — he’s still pulling the strings, doncha know?!


6 posted on 12/27/2007 11:41:27 AM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Al Qaeda has made a big mistake.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to retract this once they see how much damage it could do to their cause...much like they attempted to do with the 1997 Luxor massacre in Egypt. They tried to pin that one on Israelis or the Egyptian police once they realized it wasn’t playing well with the population at large. Nobody bought it and the jihadists took a big hit in Egypt. Let's hope the same happens in Pakistan.

7 posted on 12/27/2007 11:41:50 AM PST by Gator101 (Don't tase me, Bro!)
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To: RightWhale

You give too much credit to al Qaeda. They tried to kill her before. They threatened to kill her when she came back from exile. This is al Qaeda’s m.o.

They don’t necessarily take responsibility for what they do. But they aren’t very good at hiding it, either.

And I don’t necessarily think that they’ve made a mistake either. This is completely in accordance with their overall strategy to cause as much strife as possible, and hope something shakes loose that they can take advantage of. So far, they’ve played that game very successfully—at least in their view.


8 posted on 12/27/2007 11:43:20 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Gator101

I hope the same. If enough get POed about this maybe they will finally get Bin Laden or al Zawahiri.


9 posted on 12/27/2007 11:44:45 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Brilliant

Odd hoping it was al Qaeda, but thats where I’m at right now.

I don’t even want to contemplate what the result would be if it was the Pakistani government that did this, for example.


10 posted on 12/27/2007 11:45:44 AM PST by Badeye (The two “no” votes were cast by Ron Paul and leftwing nut Dennis Kucinich.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

My money is on an al-Queda sleeper in the military.


11 posted on 12/27/2007 11:46:19 AM PST by AU72
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To: Brilliant
Along as al Qaeda wants to take credit for the assassination lets give it to them. This might be enough to get the general populace of Pakistan to rise up against them. This would be like what is happening in Iraq. Hopefully they have jumped the shark in Pakistan.
12 posted on 12/27/2007 11:47:24 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Brilliant

Maybe, but all the noise and excitement is just themselves. The rest of the adult population of the planet is hoping they will crawl back under their rock sometime soon.


13 posted on 12/27/2007 11:49:18 AM PST by RightWhale (Dean Koonz is good, but my favorite authors are Dun and Bradstreet)
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To: Brilliant
Bet the “Bush did it” crowd will be out soon.

I heard Senator Chris Dodd interviewed this morning and though he danced around it, he as much blamed the Bush Administration.

14 posted on 12/27/2007 11:53:02 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (How come the winner of the Miss Universe Pageant always comes from Earth?)
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To: Badeye
...if it was the Pakistani government that did this...

That's where my money is sitting. I think Mushareff had foreknowledge of it at the very least.

But then...I'm a lousy gambler.

15 posted on 12/27/2007 11:56:02 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (How come the winner of the Miss Universe Pageant always comes from Earth?)
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To: Brilliant

Why is Bush so silent?

Or have I just missed it?


16 posted on 12/27/2007 11:58:48 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182; All

The left will point out that guns killed Bhutto. They will call on Pakistan to implement stricter gun laws.


17 posted on 12/27/2007 11:58:49 AM PST by Sopater (A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left. ~ Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Brilliant

The tactic is a repeat of the World Trade Center attack.

AQ does learn from its mistakes and always does a follow-up attack.


18 posted on 12/27/2007 11:59:52 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Seems Al Qaeda claimed responsibility already.


19 posted on 12/27/2007 12:00:04 PM PST by stocksthatgoup (Number 1 FredHead)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Most of the reports are saying the people blame the Army or Musharraf. Still, if Musharraf did order this, why did he allow her back in the first place?


20 posted on 12/27/2007 12:02:31 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Old Professer

I think you missed it. Here’s a slide show that includes photos of Bush’s remarks concerning the assassination.

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Pakistan-Benazir-Bhutto-Killed/ss/events/wl/081401pakistan;_ylt=Ar7YAX37vaqpsN82ZN6UKhp34T0D#/071227/photos_pl/2007_12_27t144203_450x300_us_pakistan_bhutto_usa


21 posted on 12/27/2007 12:03:33 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Let me guess.

The Amish?

22 posted on 12/27/2007 12:03:35 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Eye of Unk

That’s a chilling thought. Where’s the terror alert?


23 posted on 12/27/2007 12:04:16 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant
Bet the “Bush did it” crowd will be out soon.

They already are on some other boards. They see the possible AQ connection as more "politics of fear" from the Bush administration.

24 posted on 12/27/2007 12:04:28 PM PST by Junior_G
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To: Eye of Unk

Times Square?


25 posted on 12/27/2007 12:04:34 PM PST by txhurl (Yes there were WMDs)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

...when after all it was you and me.


26 posted on 12/27/2007 12:04:57 PM PST by Uriah_lost ("I don't apologize for the United States of America," -Fred D Thompson)
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To: Brilliant

27 posted on 12/27/2007 12:05:07 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Brilliant

The latest news I could find on Bush’s response:<<<<<<<

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/12/27/asia/policy.php


28 posted on 12/27/2007 12:05:40 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: SkyPilot

That is a great picture of Michael Moore eating a microphone.


29 posted on 12/27/2007 12:06:11 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I don’t believe Musharaff is that stupid, to be honest.

Nothing to be gained from it.

Whats ironic is if he had kept Bhutto under house arrest, she’d be alive this afternoon....


30 posted on 12/27/2007 12:07:12 PM PST by Badeye (The two “no” votes were cast by Ron Paul and leftwing nut Dennis Kucinich.)
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To: SkyPilot

al-Lumpy did it?


31 posted on 12/27/2007 12:07:20 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Old Professer

You missed it.


32 posted on 12/27/2007 12:07:44 PM PST by Badeye (The two “no” votes were cast by Ron Paul and leftwing nut Dennis Kucinich.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Why would it be a mistake?

Al Qaeda, of all parties involved, can gain the most from a destabilized and chaotic Pakistan. If they can start a civil war in Pakistan, all the better. They might even have a shot at getting their hands on some of the nukes Pakistan has.

Time for the Pentagon to come up with a contingency plan in case the worst case scenario happens where civil unrests lead to a full-blown civil war in Pakistan, and the Pakistani military is no longer able to secure their own nukes.


33 posted on 12/27/2007 12:07:51 PM PST by PanzerKom
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To: Brilliant

Didn’t get the video, just stills and no text.

What was the time this hit the Net?


34 posted on 12/27/2007 12:08:11 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Old Professer

Bush gave a statement from his ranch a little while ago.

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN2739615820071227?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Aside from his comments, I think Bush has been very busy today.


35 posted on 12/27/2007 12:08:29 PM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Fred D. Thompson / Consistent Conservative...The One with Gravitas)
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To: Old Professer

Bush looks very ashen in those photos. I think that Pakistan is getting very close to joining the Axis of Evil. If AQ takes out Musharraf, they’ll be in.


36 posted on 12/27/2007 12:09:41 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Old Professer

Don’t know. It’s been up for some time.


37 posted on 12/27/2007 12:10:40 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: PanzerKom

It is a mistake if Bhutto’s many supporters turn on them and start dropping dimes.


38 posted on 12/27/2007 12:11:17 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

ISI had her killed...the drug runners in ISI did it. Others with in ISI have confirmed this...


39 posted on 12/27/2007 12:13:18 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Brilliant

Scott Stanzel, WH spokesman, was very concerned. Implied this may have reverbs, referred to it as ‘the opening hours’.


40 posted on 12/27/2007 12:13:24 PM PST by txhurl (Yes there were WMDs)
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To: txflake

My thoughts exactly


41 posted on 12/27/2007 12:18:49 PM PST by wordsofearnest (Hunter-Thompson not Hunter S. Thompson)
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To: txflake

They are afraid that this portends the beginning of a wider war, much like the assassination of the Arch Duke started WWI. Could be, but I doubt it. I think this is going to be mainly internal to Pakistan. The only ways I can see it spreading is if Pakistan uses its nukes, or this is a diversion for a bigger plot that AQ has planned somewhere else, as they’ve done before.


42 posted on 12/27/2007 12:19:41 PM PST by Brilliant
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“Bet the “Bush did it” crowd will be out soon.”

They are already out saying Bush did it on the left wing blogs.

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

43 posted on 12/27/2007 12:20:24 PM PST by Dengar01
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“Bet the “Bush did it” crowd will be out soon.”

OR that Mastermind Rove — he’s still pulling the strings, doncha know?!

Come on, a Moslem is dead and you think that Bush did it?! Geez, doncha know that its the...JOOOOOOZ!

44 posted on 12/27/2007 12:21:33 PM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: Brilliant

Last Updated: Saturday, 29 April 2006, 07:12 GMT 08:12 UK

Pakistan stages new missile test

It is the second time the missile has been successfully tested
Pakistan has successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile with a range of 2,000km (1,250 miles), the Pakistani military has said.

BBC 29 April 2006

45 posted on 12/27/2007 12:23:33 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
"Who killed Benazir Bhutto?"

To me, the question doesn't matter as much as the questions why Bhutto seemed hellbent on placing herself in harms way. Did she intend to make a martyr of herself? I can only add that her death didn't surprise me at all. Was anyone surprised?
46 posted on 12/27/2007 12:27:41 PM PST by backtothestreets (My bologna has a first name, it's J-O-R-G-E)
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To: Grimmy; RedStateRocker; gonzo; DeaconBenjamin; indcons; sukhoi-30mki; Eyes Unclouded; ECM; ...

Pakistan ۋﮧ۱م

FReepmail if you want on or off

47 posted on 12/27/2007 12:45:24 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: Old Professer; Brilliant; Anti-Bubba182
Thanks:

Bush condemns assassination of Bhutto

48 posted on 12/27/2007 1:04:25 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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bump for after work


49 posted on 12/27/2007 1:11:03 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (Oregon - a pro-militia and firearms state that looks just like Afghanistan .)
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To: Old Professer

Bush hasn’t been silent.


50 posted on 12/27/2007 1:11:50 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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