Tribute to Benazir Bhutto: Tell Bush, Change Pakistan Policy

Pay Tribute to Benazir Bhutto: Tell Bush to Change Our Pakistan Policy
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Dear james m,
 
Our hearts and thoughts are with the Pakistani people as they mourn the
death of Benazir Bhutto. We extend our deep sorrow to her family and the
millions of supporters who for decades have seen the Bhutto family as a
source of inspiration. We also extend our condolences to the families of the
other Pakistanis who were killed in this heinous crime.
 
We at CODEPINK were in touch with the former Prime Minister when we were
writing our book Stop the Next War Now. In fact, Bhutto graciously
contributed an essay that was a plea to counter extremism and "a clash of
civilizations that can lead to Armageddon, where there will be no winners on
earth."
 
If Bhutto’s death proves anything, it is the utter failure of Musharraf’s
regime and the utter failure of the Bush administration’s policy of
supporting Musharraf. Pakistani civil society has long been calling for
Musharraf to resign. Now leaders like former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
have added their voice to that call, publicly holding Musharraf responsible
for Bhutto’s death and demanding he step down.
 
CODEPINK agrees that Musharraf is the biggest obstacle facing a democratic
Pakistan today. He is not capable of either fighting extremists or building
a society that respects the rule of law. CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin
and activist Tighe Barry recently had a taste of his dictatorial ways when
they were kidnapped and carjacked at gunpoint by government agents, and then
deported for supporting the pro-democracy movement. Click here for a piece
by Medea Benjamin on Bhutto’s death.
 
The US government must use this time to radically change its policy towards
Pakistan. The Bush administration has been a staunch supporter of Musharraf,
providing his regime with over $10 billion in financial aid since 2001.
Musharraf’s use of US funds to crack down on the country’s democratic forces
has led to growing anti-American sentiments among the nation’s moderate,
secular forces. Please click here to sign our petition calling on the U.S.
government to withhold assistance until Musharraf steps down and a caretaker
government restores the independent judiciary, lifts restrictions on the
press and sets up the conditions for fair elections.
 
We should also begin to focus our attention on one of the key underlying
causes for the growth of extremism in Pakistan: the extreme poverty that
persists, especially in the tribal areas where al-Qaeda is most active.
 
Benazir Bhutto spoke about this in the essay she wrote for our book. Her
words were poignant then, and are even more poignant upon her death:
 
"The neglect of rising poverty against the background of religious extremism
can only complicate an already difficult world situation. The war against
terrorism is primarily perceived as a war based on the use of force.
However, economics has its own force, as does the desperation of families
who cannot feed themselves.
 
"Militancy and greed cannot become the defining images of a new century that
began with much hope. We must refocus our energy on promoting the values of
democracy, accountability, broad-based government, and institutions that can
respond to people’s very real and very urgent needs."
 
Whether in Pakistan or in our home countries, we can pay tribute to Benazir
Bhutto by dedicating ourselves to building a world based on tolerance,
cooperation and fulfilling the urgent needs of the human family-which are
the pillars of a more peaceful world.
 
With sorrow,
Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Ileana, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Rae, and
Tighe
 
 
Sign our petition calling on the U.S. government to withhold assistance
until Musharraf steps down
 
 
Pakistan News!
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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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