Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who stood for moderation and against the extreme force of Islamofascism, was assassinated today in Pakistan. This terrible event and the unrest that is following in that country, which possesses nuclear weapons, is a reminder that the world is still a dangerous place. John Podhoretz notes that any wished for 'holiday from history' is over.
American politics would dearly love to take a holiday from history, just as it did in the 1990s. But our enemies are not going to allow us to do so. The murder of Bhutto moves foreign policy, the war on terror, and the threat of Islamofascism back into the center of the 2008 campaign.
UPDATE Dec. 28: You probably haven't heard this part of Benazir Bhutto's story from the conventional media, but she was outspokenly opposed to abortion as being destructive to children and harmful to women.
When Bhutto was the prime minister of Pakistan, she helped lead a delegation to the 1994 Cairo population conference that confronted abortion advocates looking to make abortion an international right.
"I dream ...of a world where we can commit our social resources to the development of human life and not to its destruction," she told the United Nations panel at the time.
Bhutto was one of only two women to address the conference.
Instead of telling women in nations where population growth is an issue that they should kill their offspring, Bhutto told world leaders that the best solutions is "tackling infant mortality, by providing villages with electrification, by raising an army of women."