The following is a letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
Bob G. Wyeth, in his January 3, 2008 letter, "Bhutto's killing is a reminder of what we're fighting" said that Democrats are disappointed that Bhutto was killed because it draws attention to national security issues, which "cuts against their plans for coronation on Jan. 20, 2009." As a Democrat, I must say that I was deeply saddened at the news, not for political reasons, but because Mrs. Bhutto represented hope for democracy in an unstable Muslim country. To use such an event to stir up fear and terror in order to stay in political power is an insidious tactic that the majority of Americans are not buying anymore. We also think that George W. Bush's policies have made us less safe. When asked about Bin Laden, to his everlasting shame, our president said, "I don't know where he is. I'm truly not that concerned about him."
To blame Mrs. Bhutto for her own death by saying she "went and got herself killed," or "she hit her head," is just disgusting, and adds insult to injury. There are many questions that remain unanswered. Why wasn't she provided the protection that she requested? Why was there only one exit from the venue? It's very politically convenient for Mr. Wyeth, the Republican spin machine, and the Pakistani government to jump to conclusions and blame Al Qaida when there hasn't even been an investigation yet, but they have to, because fear is the only platform they are running on. Thanks for the reminder, Mr. Weyth, but I am not afraid.