Am I just being paranoid?
Someone tell me I am.
Six minutes and ten seconds into this interview with David Frost, Benazir Bhutto refers to Omar Sheikh as the man who “murdered Osama bin Ladin”. The interview was about who she thought was behind the first attempt on her life back in the autumn.
I have spent a day or so rolling this around in my head. Did she mean “the man who murdered Daniel Pearl”?
so… y’know, it doesn’t do my paranoid mind any good that RIGHT ON CUE, another Bin Laden tape turns up from the usual sources yesterday.
If you, like me, are struggling to make sense of what is happening in Pakistan, you could do a lot worse than going and reading this article, and hunting down any information you can find from Tariq Ali. You can also get a great rundown on what is happening inside Pakistan by listening to this broadcast of Democracy Now! featuring Ali and also Manan Ahmed, historian of Pakistan and South Asian Islam.
Also, Robert Fisk has some interesting things to say about the view from inside Pakistan. Not surprisingly, he mentions Tariq Ali as a good source to seek out for more information.
Alright, folks. You have your reading assignments. I’ll be back to talking about music here shortly….