by The Other Katherine Harris
The Other Katherine Harris’s blog
Dec. 29, 2007
Remember this stanza from Cohen’s Story of Isaac?
You who build these altars now
to sacrifice these children,
you must not do it anymore.
A scheme is not a vision
and you never have been tempted
by a demon or a god.
So Benazir Bhutto’s eldest, a beautiful child of 19, is to be next in line of fire, if his late mother’s wish is honored. It also appears to be the wish of party stalwarts like Babar Awan — who, although described as “a PPP Senator and close ally of Benazir,” didn’t have his facts straight. He’s quoted as saying, “This was also the situation when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was murdered. Benazir was a teenager, she was a student at Harvard in 1979 [when Zulfikar Ali was hanged].”
She wasn’t. Born in 1953, she was 26 then, a graduate of both Harvard and advanced studies at Oxford. The gorgeous kid — my gawds, look at that sweet face! — has been at Oxford only since this fall; he’s barely out of his posh Dubai high school and said to be keen on such activities as swimming, horseback riding and cricket. Were he an American, he couldn’t even drink legally yet, although we’d also let him die for his county.
What the devil is wrong with us ALL?