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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan today. This, of course, has been all over the news and blogs. And there have been typical responses of shock, anger, and sadness. These are natural responses.

But the question that occurs to me is why are so many people acting like this is such an unexpected occurrence? After all, unabated violence is the tactic that Islamicists best know. And if Bhutto was the supposed "choice" of the American political establishment, what then would be a better show of power and control then to eliminate her, if for no other reason then a symbolic one?

When all is said and done, this is a sad day for the world, and for Pakistan in particular. But nothing about it should be shocking.

MORE: Of course! What were we thinking? It's President Bush's fault!

Here's the Economist's coverage of the assassination. And more here from a symposium on NRO's The Corner.

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