Thursday, December 27, 2007

A different perspective

Posted by Teresa at 3:50 PM
I've been watching a lot of the cable news coverage of the assassination
of Benazir Bhutto. I finally logged onto the internet a few a hours ago
to see what people online are saying. While on television the coverage
mainly focuses on getting reaction from world leaders on the event,
online you hear more in depth analysis of what is happening in Pakistan
and what this event means. It's amazing the difference in coverage. I
think two articles exemplify the difference. Here's Christopher Hitchens
article called "Daughter of Legacy," and "Benanizr Bhutto: Killed by the
real Pakistan
" by Andrew C. McCarthy. McCarthy's article begins:
A recent CNN poll showed that 46 percent of Pakistanis approve of
Osama bin Laden. Aspirants to the American presidency should hope
to score so highly in the United States. In Pakistan, though, the al-Qaeda
emir easily beat out that country’s current president, Pervez Musharraf,
who polled at 38 percent.

President George Bush, the face of a campaign to bring democracy — or, at
least, some form of sharia-lite that might pass for democracy — to the
Islamic world, registered nine percent. Nine!

If you want to know what to make of former prime minister Benazir
Bhutto’s murder today in Pakistan, ponder that.
No way would I get this type of analysis on television. Sometimes I'm bothered
by the unrestraint of new media but it is days like these I'm grateful to
get offered a different perspective.

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