this just in: former pakistani prime minister benazir bhutto assassinated.

now, pervez musharraf must go down.

god, i hate authoritarian leaders who think no one else can rule their country and who'd stop at nothing, not even killing their opponents or muzzling the press, to preserve their regime.

yes, i'm pointing my fingers without evidence. it's gut feel.

i can't believe there's another marcos on this planet. god take them all away please.

i apologize for that erratic post. that was only gut feel.

the pakistani government is pointing its fingers at terrorist groups and several of them have claimed responsibility for the attack. it's a valid point because bhutto has been very clear about her plans to rid pakistan of islamic extremists once she gets elected. and some sectors are saying these extremists do not want a woman for a leader.

however, what have these extremist groups really have to gain by her death? she isn't prime minister yet. some are saying that these groups wanted to kill her because she would have been a key ally of the us and the west in the war against terror. but isn't president musharraf also a key ally of the us? why not attack him instead since he is the one currently in power anyway. wouldn't that have made their statement much more powerful?

consider the situation: bhutto was killed in rawalpindi, an area where pres. musharraf is staying and where the pakistani military is headquartered. don't you think such a place would have been a secure area?

assuming without conceding that musharraf did not have a hand in the attack, he would nonetheless be responsible for not providing adequate security befitting a former prime minister, considering that bhutto had been complaining about the lack of security ever since she returned to pakistan and ever since another suicide bombing attempt directed against her in october (she was attacked the day after her return).

but it makes more sense to me if musharraf or the military had a hand in the assassination. for a long time, pakistan had been under military rule. it was only recently that musharraf agreed to give up his military post to become a civilian president, but it was a move that was largely due to pressure from the west. the power-sharing deal between bhutto and musharraf was to provide stability in the region, to give the beleaguered president enough popularity with the common people.

come to think of it, since when has a dictator agreed to share power with an opponent? my theory is that the power-sharing deal was just a show, some sort of a machiavellian move, to appease the west. but to really ensure keeping the power in his hands, all musharraf had to do was to have bhutto assassinated, blame islamic extremists groups, and make it impossible for an election to take place. that way, the west has no one to cling to in its war against terror but musharaff. with the us and the military on his back, how can musharraf ever lose his post?

for all we know, it could have been the military. bhutto has once voiced out her intention to return the military to the barracks and to pave the way for a truly democratic pakistan. it must be remembered that bhutto had a troubled relationship with the military. it was the military who ousted her father as pakistan's first civilian president and later ordered him executed. she herself was ousted as prime minister largely also because of the military. bhutto's popularity and inevitable victory at the polls would have signaled trouble for the military.

or who knows, it might have been another opposition leader, former prime minister nawaz sharif, whose supporters were allegedly also attacked prior to the bhutto assassination. interestingly, the attack wasn't directed against him, and he rushed immediately to bhutto's side at the hospital. hmmm...classic machiavellian move.

but really, i'm no expert. it was just gut feel. ever since musharraf declared emergency rule, muzzled the press, and ordered opposition leaders arrested (including house arrest for bhutto), i've lost trust in him. he is one desperate man, clinging foolishly to power.


some things new

1. home alone this christmas

my brother left for qatar last week to see my parents for the holidays. not sure if he's staying there for work although they've been asking me to make his cv (wow, registered nurse na nga siya, ako pa rin gagawa ng cv...basta ba for a price hehe). too bad i can't come along coz two weeks is two short (panglaptop na lang yung plane fare hehe) and i think i have to hit the books in those two weeks. this only means i'm home alone this christmas: no brother, no mother or father. i have relatives of course, pero iba pa rin yung immediate family.

2. futsal tuesdays

kate and cy invited me to join their weekly futsal games at club650 in libis almost a month ago. i did go once, never mind that i have pril the next day. so, after medjur ended at 8pm one tuesday, i had dinner then read about 3 cases at seattle's before joining the 11pm-12mn game with inquirer peeps. then i went home to finish the readings, slept at 4am, woke up at 9am and just had enough time to review while on the way to school. kaya naman pala e!

i played in two more games. now i'm hooked. i asked for jerseys from my two blocks this christmas and i did get them. i asked my dad for futsal shoes one time; he bought a pair the next day and is due to arrive on christmas eve. yahoo! now my blockmates are finding this development a little too weird, i think hehe.

3. contact lenses

because vanity is my favorite sin, and because i had to act the part of a prince charming without glasses for our christmas parties this year, i finally bought a pair of contact lenses. i'm still in the process of getting used to it, medyo hassle pa rin e. i think i'll still stick to wearing eyeglasses pag tinatamad at nagmamadali.

4. nocturnal habits

ever since vacation began, i've been going out all night, sleeping in the morning and spending the afternoon lounging around, updating this blog from time to time. i'm starting to like this arrangement hehe. unhealthy but happy.

5. simbang gabi

and since i'm still up at 4:30am, i might as well attend simbang gabi, right? i'm not really a believer of completing the novena masses so my wish could be granted (i've never completed one before and it looks like i won't be able to complete it this year) but it's always nice to take part of a tradition that dates back to hundreds of years ago. and of course, it's also a good way to prepare for christ's coming.

merrry christmas everyone! and in keeping with my block's disney theme for christmas, may your dreams come true! for now, let me just sing: i've been dreaming of a true love's kiss...obviously not over it yet hehe.

more pics at my multiply account