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Headline: Musharraf Blaming the Victim?


Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has blamed Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto for her own December assassination.

Musharraf, who is characterized as an ally of the U.S., told 60 Minutes:

"For standing up outside the car, I think it was she to blame alone —nobody else. Responsibility is hers."

No one else to blame? How about the people who killed her? Perhaps we can't blame them yet since the cause of death is still unknown. A suicide bomber blew himself up near her limousine, but there is also video footage of a gunman. I hope the outside investigation by the Scotland Yard might answer some questions.

Beyond his controversial comments, Musharaff has been criticized for imposing a long lasting state of emergency. He has been accused of undermining Pakistan's judiciary, media and political parties. President Bush has remained strong in his support for Musharaff. Bush may not have much of a choice but to urge Musharaff to guarantee fair play in the upcoming elections, as an unstable Pakistan (the only Islamic nation with nuclear weapons) would be a great threat to US security.

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