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For Immediate Release - Thursday, December 27, 2007

MANCHESTER, NH - Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich issued the following statement this morning after hearing the news of the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto:

"This is a very dangerous moment for the world. Prime Minister Bhutto represented the forces of reform and the hope for an end to repression in a troubled region, and her death is a major loss to those efforts."

"This terrible tragedy also underscores the need for the United States to adopt a new foreign policy toward the entire region because our current policy is all wrong. Our interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan has opened wide the doors of repression and violence. At this very moment, we should be working with leaders of the region to convene a meeting at the highest levels to begin a new effort towards stabilization and peace."

"The United States must take a new direction in Pakistan and throughout the region. I met her several times, both in Washington and New York. She was deeply and genuinely dedicated to Pakistan. This is a tragic loss."



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December 27, 2007


Former prime minister and opposition leader assassinated

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today offered condolences for former Pakistani Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated today while leaving a political rally where she addressed her supporters leading up to the January 8 parliamentary elections. The gunman shot Bhutto twice and then blew himself up, killing at least 20 others. Brownback also offered prayers to those affected and to the leadership and people of Pakistan in hopes that this terrible tragedy will not escalate to further bloodshed.

“I offer my deepest condolences for the loss of Benazir Bhutto and to the families of those killed today. This is a terrible loss to her supporters, the people of Pakistan and for democracy,” Brownback said. “I hope and pray that that the people of Pakistan and President Musharraf can avoid further bloodshed and continue down the road to democracy. Pakistan has been a good friend to the United States in fighting fundamentalist terrorism, and I sincerely hope we can continue to work together. Pakistan needs to continue to work toward a peaceful, stable and democratic nation if they hope to maintain our strong friendship.”

Brownback is formerly the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee with responsibility for Southeast Asia.

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Already see people working on my criticisms, please bear in mind this is - in part - related to saying to WP we work to a high standard. Being first with the news may give you a rush, but being first to be right gives you reason to be proud. --Brian McNeil / talk 18:04, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

The minority viewEdit

Are there any sources that actually say, "good, she's dead - she was a troublemaker" - or words to that effect? Religiously conservative muslims may have reason to want to see her out of politics over concerns she may have wanted to "westernise" Pakistan. Have any of them said so in any sources we can pick up? Is there anything on AR: we can get from this? --Brian McNeil / talk 18:08, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

More internationalEdit

It is a bit "parochial" to focus on the U.S. presidential wannabees. Can't we get enough info to do International community condemns Bhutto assasination ? I'm in #wikipedia-ar at the moment trying to drag them into this. --Brian McNeil / talk 18:17, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Yes, I agree it's not the greatest to only focus on the US. But the main point of this article originally, before I started gathering other candidates, was to highlight the Slate comment, and the fact Biden called a whole press conference just for this one foreign topic, while domestic issues have ruled the campaign so far.
Perhaps a separate article for actual people who matter who talk about her death (as I admit that US Presidential candidates mostly don't matter), rather than redirecting this and adding to it? -- Zanimum 18:23, 27 December 2007 (UTC)


Isn't including blog posts a copyvio as they are copyrighted --User:Anonymous101 09:23, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

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