Assistant Professor David Snyder Discusses Bhutto Assassination

Jan 02, 2008

Assistant Professor David Snyder, an American Foreign Policy expert at Delaware Valley College, was interview recently for an article in The Intelligencer, a Doylestown, Pennsylvania-based paper. The article, "After Killing, Lashing Out," discusses the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Snyder was able to offer his expertise on the situation:

"Lawyers' demand for Musharraf to step down as the country's military ruler - a step he took late last month - notwithstanding, Bhutto's assassination was no surprise, said David Snyder, an assistant professor of American foreign policy at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown Township.

Bhutto was the first woman to win a free and fair election in a Muslim nation, he said, yet the northern region of Pakistan near Afghanistan harbors radicals who identify with tribe more than nation.

Conspiracy theorists argue that elements of Pakistan security services collaborated with radical Islamists who support al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. But did this relationship lead to Bhutto's death? Snyder's not sure.

"It's hard to say who's responsible," he said. "Her supporters are putting a lot of blame on Musharraf, which is understandable. He certainly wasn't happy to see her come back to Pakistan."

The resulting unrest will probably only strengthen the now-civilian leader's position weeks away from an election. In a time of chaos, Snyder said, people are likely to stick with what they know rather than take a chance."