When they realized that she "got it," from the sense of understanding the breadth of the problem, radical Islamists made sure that she "got it" for the final time, as they presided over her murder on December 27, 2007.
In an effort to see both sides of an important issue, Bhutto is not shy to blame Western imperialism for contributing to the Middle Eastern malaise.
The colonial experience has obviously had a major impact on the Muslim psyche. ...No one doubts that the record of the West in majority Islamic nations is not a pretty one.I have written about this previously, and ironically that the United States is largely to blame for Benazir Bhutto's death.
Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West, p. 4
Bhutto realizes, though, that to finish by only blaming the West is not a fair assessment of the situation.
There are a rush and an ease to condemn foreigners and colonizers, but there is an equally weighty unwillingness within the Muslim world to look inward...Admittedly, George W. Bush increased
The Muslim-on-Muslim massacre that took place in Karachi in October  is consistent with the Muslim-on-Muslim fratricidal sectarian violence that is raging in...Iraq... The Talibanization of [parts of] Pakistan highlight[s] my central concern...
Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West, p. 15-16
Why is it so easy for many to (correctly) cast blame in Bush's direction, but to ignore (incorrectly) that in the absence of Western imperialism, the radical Islamist problem would still exist?the complexity of the issue by invading Iraq for no good reason. Nevertheless, why is it so easy for many to (correctly) cast blame in Bush's direction, but to ignore (incorrectly) that in the absence of Western imperialism, the radical Islamist problem would still exist?
Within the Muslim world, there...continues to be a violent confrontation among sects, ideologies, and interpretations of...Islam. This destructive tension has set brother against brother [and] tortured intra-Islamic relations for 1,300 years.
[In] the Muslim world--where sectarianism is rampant--simmers internally, extremists have manipulated Islamic dogma to justify and rationalize a so-called jihad against the West.If we ever expect to come to a mutual understanding between nations we must admit that there are two sides to the seemingly never-ending equation of violence and animosity:
One billion Muslims around the world seemed united in their outrage at the war in Iraq... But there has been little if any similar outrage against sectarian civil war, which has led to far more casualties. ...The attacks of September 11, 2001, heralded the vanguard of the caliphate-inspired dreams of bloody confrontation... ...intellectuals are quite comfortable criticizing outsiders for the harm inflicted on fellow Muslims, but there is deadly silence when they are confronted with Muslim-on-Muslim violence.
Reconciliation, p. 2-3
- The West must stop its Imperial interference in the affairs of other countries
- The radical Islamist monster must be confronted and stopped