The senseless murder of Benazir Bhutto is a tragedy for her family and her nation. The accelerating instability in Pakistan could prove a tragedy for the United States. We need to be concerned not only about Pakistan’s continued help in our efforts to destroy al-Qaida , but also Pakistan ensuring its nuclear arsenal and knowledge does not spread to Middle Eastern countries or groups.
Bhutto was one of the rare, secular liberal democrats who had a real chance to move a nation toward democracy. One of the unfortunate byproducts of 9/11 has been increased difficulty for foreign students to study in the United States. We need more foreign students, like Bhutto, to be exposed to liberal democracy. Hopefully, such experience will shape their world view to move their nations toward democracy.
We cannot impose democracy on other nations. If they are to become liberal democracies, it must come from their own citizens committed to the rule of law and a separation of church and state. Education in the United States as well as Britain, Canada and other Western democracies can help them experience the benefits of such political systems.