[hq2600] Cynthia McKinney Statement on the Assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Events in Pakistan, and U.S. Policy
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Fri Dec 28 11:40:32 PST 2007
NO US TROOPS IN PAKISTAN:
Pakistan for the Pakistani People
"Free and fair elections, not U.S. troops, are the best strategy for
achieving peace and stability in Pakistan."
Today, Cynthia McKinney, six-term former Member of Congress and current
Green Party Presidential Candidate, announced her shock and disappointment
at yesterday's assassination of former President and current Presidential
candidate Benazir Bhutto. "I have long had close ties to the people of
Pakistan; I traveled there twice, count many Pakistani-Americans among my
personal friends, and I had the good fortune to meet Benazir Bhutto. I
refused to meet Musharaff when I had the chance because he was always a
dictator and I don't meet dictators," McKinney said.
Shortly after Bhutto's murder, reports began to surface that the U.S. had
finalized plans to send troops to Pakistan. According to McKinney, "There
is much that the United States can send to Pakistan, like helping with true
democracy instead of rigged elections. The last thing U.S. troops and the
Pakistani people need is the presence of U.S. troops in Pakistan."
During McKinney's most recent trip to Pakistan earlier this year, she
traveled to a Karachi suburb where she met for the second time with the
Balochi people of African descent who were among Bhutto's strongest
supporters in the country.
"This is a sad time--especially for all the strong women in the world, for
all the poor and desperate people of Pakistan who need and deserve attention
and hope, and for all peace-loving people everywhere who hope that this
tragedy is not used as a pretext for more war, more chaos, more
destabilization of yet another basically peace-loving people," McKinney
According to McKinney, the real key to stability in Pakistan begins with
free and fair elections using internationally recognized election observers
in order to achieve a Pakistani government that reflects the will and dreams
of the Pakistani people.
McKinney concluded with a caution that the United States should not view
chaos in Pakistan, in the aftermath of Bhutto's murder, as a reason for
becoming engaged in more war or for putting our troops into harm's way.
"War is not an acceptable strategy to achieve democracy--not in Iraq, and
not in Pakistan. Free and fair elections, not U.S. troops, are the best
strategy for achieving peace and stability in Pakistan," McKinney concluded.
"I send my most heartfelt condolences to the Bhutto family and to all the
people of Pakistan," said McKinney.
"It is the absolute responsibility of everybody in uniform to disobey an
order that is either illegal or immoral." General Pace, Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Press Club, February 17, 2006
"My brother need not be idealized . . . beyond what he was in life. To be
remembered simply as a good and decent man who saw wrong and tried to right
it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.
Eulogy of Bobby Kennedy by Teddy Kennedy, June 18, 1968
"Certain material weaknesses in financial reporting and other limitations on
the scope of our work resulted in conditions that, for the 10th consecutive
year, prevented us from expressing an opinion on the federal government's
consolidated financial statements." David Walker, Comptroller General of
the United States, December 15, 2006
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