Someone tell me I am just being paranoid

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.

Mike Malloy noticed as well. So did a bunch of people. Did she misspeak?

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.

See also:Juan Cole, particularly this and this and this as well.

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….


  1. isit2009yet

    Even paranoid people get it right sometime! I’ve seen this referenced on some other sites, and find it amazing that no one in the supposed “grown up” media have even as much as mentioned it…there’s no mistaking what she said, and it hardly seems like a mistake, as she actually pauses beforehand.
    There’s much strangeness afoot…

  2. Man, that’s a tough one. My first reaction is that she misspoke, that if she really felt this to be true, she would have made a really big deal about it long ago.

    But then, maybe…

  3. msmolly

    I noticed it too, but although I watched the interview clip, I didn’t catch it so much then as when I read the transcript, or a clip from it, later. If she misspoke, why didn’t she immediately correct herself. It’s not like she struggled with the English language. At the time, I wondered, “killed Osama bin Laden???”

    Gotta go follow your links, and read more, Patrick.

  4. DrDick

    Bin Laden was never really all that important to Al Qaeda or to the jihadist movement. He is/was primarily a financier, not a strategist. He certainly is/was not a “terrorist mastermind”, but rather relied on lieutenants for that. Al Qaeda itself has never really been all that important either. It has never been a formal organization, but rather a loose, informal network connecting thouseands of largely independent individuals and groups. At its core are bin Ladin and a small cadre of associates who have provided financing, training, and logistical support for missions originating and carried out elsewhere. All the hype is just propaganda to support a failed military model for dealing with terrorism.

  5. cynic

    I don’t think she misspoke. I think Bin Laden might have been dead for quite some time….even before 9/11, because he was more of a threat to Pakistan and their plans and maybe even to Saudi Arabia than to the US. Which leaves the question…who was really responsible for 9/11. And the answer to that is, who benefitted the most?

  6. cynic

    Another thought. Most of the American People (and a good deal of the rest of the world) have never seen Bin Laden. All we’ve seen is tapes. Is the Bin Laden we know, simply an actor “playing” bin Laden (you can do wonders with makeup), and since the tapes are delivered by a mystery party….well….makes you wonder….And he always says exactly what needs to be said to drive American politics in the direction that certain elements want it to go. No one questions. It’s television, right. You can believe everything you see on television…….NOT.

  7. msmolly

    Oooh, cynic, the idea that bin Laden might have been mostly a fiction, maybe long since dead, is intriguing, and never occurred to me. It would explain a few things.

  8. say – didn’t i read somewhere that you were giving up politics?


    ‘just because i’m paranoid doesn’t mean you’re not out to get me.’


    her comment that you refer to is only speculation until something comes along to prove otherwise. more disturbing to me are the reports that:

    a) she tried to hire US and/or British security but musharraf wouldn’t allow them to operate in the country. now – looking back, i’d say that she would not have been any safer with Blackwater as her detail. after all – she represents true democracy. can’t have that. it was bush that arranged for her to be allowed back into the country.

    b) i’ve read that the reason the govt there has declared that she died from being self-impaled on the lever of the sun roof is because she can’t be called a martyr if her death was accidental.

    good grief.

    remember this – mr. bush once said, “Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Applause.) From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.”

    since then, he’s given musharraf millions of our dollars to support their “democracy” – which is ironic considering that musharraf is a president like hussein was a president.

    i’ve been paying more attention to the presidential campaign.

    “Edwards!” “Hillary!” “Obama!”

    i’m reminded of the late bill hicks:

    “I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.”
    “I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.”
    “Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding out both puppets!”


    voting for kucinich. again.


  9. cynic

    Thought about this long and hard. Bennie Bhuto (as she was known at Harvard) didn’t misspeak. She grew up with politics and saying the correct thing. She said what she meant….else why wasn’t an immediate correction issued? This is the interview that probably got her killed. And it makes you wonder about who really killed her, if you catch my drift.

  10. martinchill

    “This is the interview that probably got her killed.”

    no. she was about to win the presidency of pakistan in a landslide.

    that’s what got her killed.

  11. pro choice lib

    This whole al-qaeda thing is so off the bullshit meter. It’s such a shadowy organization that no one knows where it’s leaders or members are or going to do…but I’ve read articles that quote and al-qaeda “spokesperson”. Bwahahaha. Sure pal.

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