The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, less than two weeks prior to elections in that country, has further destabilized an unstable nation.
And, University of Missouri Political Science Professor Paul Wallace – an expert on India, Pakistan, and terrorism – says the instability should concern the United States and other countries because it could lead to confrontation with Pakistan’s arch-nemesis, India. Both countries are nuclear powers and the threat of a limited nuclear war between the two is possible, if not probable.
As for the elections scheduled for January 8th, Wallace doubts they’ll take place. Wallace says in the wake of the killing the U.S. should reach out to civilian reformers in Pakistan, and should not embrace President Perez Musharraf, whom Wallace calls a dictator.