Pakistan After the Bhutto Assasination

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Benazir Bhutto was not just a beloved symbol of democracy to millions of Pakistanis. She was also the keystone of Washington's long-shot plans for some kind of stability in Pakistan. She was the Bush administration's last best hope for pulling Pakistan back from the brink.

Her very return to Pakistan two months ago was part of a high-priority American push for power-sharing in Pakistan, as an alternative to chaos. And now, Bhutto is gone.

As Donald Rumsfeld once said, "stuff happens." But this is bad stuff.

This hour, On Point: as Pakistan grieves, we look at the aftershocks of the Benazir Bhutto assassination.Guests:

Helene Cooper, diplomatic correspondent for the New York Times.

Ahmed Rashid, journalist and author based in Lahore, Pakistan.

Stephen Cohen, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Adil Najam, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center at Boston University.

Ellen Laipson, CEO and President of the Henry L. Stimpson Center.

This program aired on December 28, 2007.


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