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Say What?!

December 31, 2007

The tragic assassination of Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister and the principal contender in Pakistan’s elections in the next few weeks, leaves a lot of questions to be answered or may never to be answered.

So far her death is in question as to whether she was shot or hit her head on the sun roof of the vehicle.  Was al-Qaeda responsible?   The Bush Administration comes out claiming that her assassination was a tragedy and they were supporting her in the elections, but their support has always been behind President Pervez Musharraf.  Heck!  The USA has given him an estimated $10 billion to fight terrorism. 

One question that I think ties into all this is what did Bhutto mean that Osama bin Laden was killed?   

Not long ago, November second, she made this comment on David Frost’s show, “Frost Over the World”, which is broadcast on Al Jazeera English television.  Sir David Frost asked her about the previous threats of assassination against her.  Bhutto responded that she had contacted Musharraf.  She felt that rather than focus on the organizations that it would be more important to go after three people who supported, financed, and organized these groups. 

Sir David pushed further in getting her to mention who these three were, and Bhutto pretty much named them on the television.

Bhutto answered with no hesitation, “Yes, well one of them is a very key figure in security. He’s a former military officer. He’s someone who’s had dealings… and he also had dealings with Omar Sheikh (Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh), the man who murdered Osama bin Laden.” 

Say what?  The man who murdered bin Laden?

Now maybe Sir David Frost isn’t the interviewer he used to be before the “Sir” part was added to his name because he never questioned what she had just said.

And then another vague message by bin Laden in a video shows up days after Bhutto’s death.  Her accusation opens up a whole bunch of questions into her assassination.   

You can see the video on YouTube.  The questioning starts about 4:30 into the interview, but it are worth watching the whole interview.

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Jake Drew