The credibility of the U.S.-backed Pakistani government was battered again Monday when video footage appeared to contradict its version of Benazir Bhutto's death and supported assertions by her husband and others that she had been shot leaving a campaign rally.
The footage, obtained by Britain's Channel 4 News, shows what appears to be a gunman firing at Bhutto last Thursday as she waves to supporters from her armored car's sunroof in the army headquarters city of Rawalpindi. Her scarf and hair lifted up — seemingly from a bullet's impact — she drops into the vehicle and a suicide bomber detonates his explosives.
The government contends that Bhutto, 54, died Thursday when the explosion slammed her head into a part of the sunroof. The videos added to the growing gulf between the Pakistani public and President Pervez Musharraf and to widespread suspicions of official complicity in her slaying. ... McClatchy.
One of the marks of the autocracy is the belief that lies won't be uncovered. But these days the petty tyrant -- Musharraf, Bush, whoever -- has to rely on doubletalk to backstop revelations. After all, there are cell phones, digicams, foreign reporters. The measure of the people is the extent to which they swallow the coverup. The Pakistani people, in this respect, seem to be a little more intelligent than, say, the American people. Of course, the media play an important role in aiding and abetting liars. Where is Channel 4 when we need them over here?