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by Heraldo Muñoz

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Benazir Bhutto's widower, Asif Ali Zardari, addressed the United Nations with the goal of encouraging it to create an investigation into his wife's murder. Heraldo Munoz, a Chilean journalist, lived in a country with seemingly no intense political nor economic interest in Pakistan. His work revealed a compelling set of credentials, inclusive of having "presided over the Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council during 2003 and 2004" (16), which may have ultimately explained why he received "a request from the (UN) Secretary General...to lead a commission to investigate the assassination Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto" (15).

"WHAT WE KNEW about the day of Benazir Bhutto's assassination before initiating our investigation was confusing and contradictory. There were disagreements about basic facts and much controversy about the assassin or assassins, the cause of death, the former prime minister's entourage, and what the behavior of the police had been" (31). The aforementioned existed as wide-spread knowledge; but, Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto's Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan served to share details surrounding this historically significant event. The author also delved into Pakistan's (and the Bhutto family's) history, US-Pakistan relations, Pakistan's relationships with its neighbors, changes of leadership, evolution of the Taliban, plus the roles of religion and the military.

Getting Away with Murder achieved all of the author's stated goals. I found the piece to be a compellingly-written and highly-insightful read that could have been completed in a single day. Unfortunately, post-investigation content did not maintain an equal level of cohesiveness and relevance to the book's preceding chapters; so, my interest level waned a little bit. ( )
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IT WAS A warm afternoon on August 15, 2007, when Benazir Bhutto arrived at the Council on Foreign Relationa building on East Sixty-EighthStreet and Park Avenue in Manhattan to give a public talk (23).
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It was Pakistan, through its military, that had provided the Taliban fighters with the support and assistance that had allowed them to seize power in the mid-1990s, dislodging the Northern Alliance-dominated Afghan government.  Now, the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent US reaction obliged Pakistan to make a choice:  either sever ties with the Taliban and support the US efforts in Afghanistan or face American wrath (87).
WHAT WE KNEW about the day of Benazir Bhutto's assassination before initiating our investigation was confusing and contradictory.  There were disagreements about basic facts and much controversy about the assassin or assassins, the cause of death, the former prime minister's entourage, and what the behavior of the police had been (31).
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393062910, Hardcover)

By the lead commissioner of the UN investigation, an authoritative account of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.

On December 27, 2007, a suicide bomber killed Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan. Brilliant and charismatic, the head of a political family as important to Pakistani history as the Gandhis in India or the Kennedys in the United States, Bhutto had recently returned from exile to challenge military dictator Pervez Musharraf in a democratic election. In the aftermath of the assassination, some blamed Musharraf; others blamed terrorists linked to the Pakistani security service, the ISI; still others pointed the finger at Bhutto’s own spouse and entourage; and some speculated that it was a lone wolf attack. Though the individuals behind the conspiracy have never been found, in Getting Away with Murder Heraldo Muñoz goes further than anyone else to unravel the mystery of Bhutto’s death. Moreover, he explains the unexpected role America played in the tragic events, the byzantine relationship between Pakistan and the United States, and how Bhutto’s assassination impacted world politics. In a country ruled more often by military dictators than by elected governments, Bhutto offered a secular, democratic hope. Arguably one of Pakistan’s most iconic political figures, she became one of the world’s few female heads of government. Her assassination tore the country apart, destabilizing the entire region. Leading the United Nations’ inquiry, Muñoz delved into murky world of Pakistani politics and the infamous Bhutto family, awash in charisma and power, controversy and violence. His year-long investigation frames a story of betrayals, corruption, foreign influence, and unsolved political assassinations.

Muñoz provides new insight into Bhutto’s unprecedented rise and an unflinching, minute-by-minute narrative of the assassination itself. With impeccable research, Muñoz also situates Bhutto in the decades-long history of U.S.-Pakistan relations and the emergence of global terrorism, pinpointing her death as the moment when those relations changed forever.

The result is a gripping narrative of Pakistan’s turbulent political realities and the death of its leading politician.

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The lead commissioner of the UN investigation into the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto recounts his year-long investigation into this tragic event that forever changed U.S.-Pakistani relations.

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