December 27, 2007, - 2:49 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: Read Benazir Bhutto’s niece’s L.A. Times column on her aunt, the fraud. ****
With regard to my earlier post on the Empress With No Clothing, Benazir Bhutto, some readers have asked what I meant when I said that Bhutto’s husband is a criminal and that she’s a fraud, too. Others have asked about her alliance with Yasser Arafat. But we can’t let little things like this pic of Bhutto and her husband welcoming Arafat to Pakistan, get in the way of beatification of Saint Benazir. Forget about Bhutto and Arafat, whose homicide bombings and terror attacks she constantly defended (now, she knows what it feels like):
Disregard the fact that this faux “moderate” Bhutto supported the Taliban and helped it take over Afghanistan. Not only did her Paki government recognize the Taliban, she was only one of three governments to do so (a fact acknowledged by Bhutto’s niece). Awesome. Our soldiers are dying there fighting the Taliban, and Bush tried to re-insert upon Pakistan the woman who enabled the Taliban in the first place. Get me one of those Bush Out of Office Countdown Calendars, stat.
And forget about these facts. For starters, Bhutto’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari was a convicted criminal and in prison in Pakistan. But, if you think that’s trumped up, how ’bout Bhutto’s and her husband’s, convictions for money laundering in Switzerland. This is not the “corrupt” Paki government. It’s the Swiss courts, finding that Bhutto and her husband took bribes and kickbacks to get a Swiss company a government contract with Pakistan. I mean, this interferes with the Mainstream and Conservative Media’s pictures of this new saint, so why consider this, right?:
Ms. Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who is jailed in Pakistan, were given six-month suspended sentences after an investigation by a Swiss magistrate. She was ordered to pay the Pakistani government nearly $12 million in restitution and was also ordered also ordered to hand over a necklace valued at $188,000.
The case relates to accusations dating back to the 1990’s that Ms. Bhutto had access to money through kickbacks from two Swiss companies doing business in Pakistan.
The six-year-long case alleged that Ms. Bhutto, who lives in exile in London and Dubai, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, deposited in Swiss accounts $10 million given them by a Swiss company in exchange for a contract in Pakistan.
But no biggie. After all, this Islamist Bush-designated saint was a “moderate” and now is a martyr. All hail Sheikha Benazir.
Oh, by the way, the excuse they used: Those weren’t our accounts (even thought they had access to them). Same excuse as when an arrestee says to a cop, “but those weren’t my drugs in the car.”
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