We have heard three different stories now as to the manner of Benazir Bhutto’s death. Variously, we have been told that she was killed by one or more bullets (perhaps from the bomber’s hand gun before he blew himself up), shrapnel from the bomb or by banging her head on a piece of car hardware during the bombing. The last seems a little far fetched, but, no matter. It’s their story, not ours.
Now, Hilary Clinton has spoken up to say that the word of the Pakistan government is not to be trusted because they are obviously an interested party in the killing (Is Musharraf not a politician?) and because Bhutto was killed in Rawalpindi, a largely military town ever since the days of the Raj.
She is right on both counts, and also right to suggest that an outside investigation would be appropriate. Many others have said the same thing.
Unfortunately, there will not be an outside investigation.
Some might ask why not? After all, when Rafik Hariri was killed in Lebanon several years ago, there was an international hue and cry for a UN led investigation with the clear intention of hanging responsibility around Syria’s neck. The investigation has come to pass and the result has been — nothing.
Now we have the Bhutto affair. Will there be an investigation analogous to the Hariri investigation? No.
That investigation took place because it was the policy of the United States to agree to and, indeed sponsor such an inquiry. The French? Ah, yes. The French in this case sided with the United States because Chirac’s government had reached a level on alienation from America that needed correction.
Bottom Line: Crimes like these are really matters of international politics, and the large countries’ interests still govern. All else is just illusion. International law? A pretty conceit. The strong still are strong.
There will be no effective international investigation into Bhutto’s death. pl