APAC—Top 10 Stories of Decade

By: The Diplomat

5. Assassination of Benazir BhuttoDecember 27, 2007

Daughter of a prime minister and herself twice holder of that post, Benazir Bhutto had returned to Pakistan in 2007 after eight years in exile to reclaim her somewhat tainted legacy. Her life was always going to be at risk: a suicide bomb attack killed 139 on the day of her homecoming. She survived that attack, but on December 27, while leaving a campaign rally ahead of the 2008 parliamentary elections, shots were fired at her vehicle, quickly followed by the detonation of a device by a suicide bomber. Controversy remains over what exactly happened to Bhutto: reports suggest she was either shot or else fractured her skull in the bomb blast. What is certain is that the attack underlined the severity of the national security issue that Pakistan was now facing with militant extremists, a problem exacerbated by the US invasion of Afghanistan, following which the ousted Taliban moved their base of operations into the Pakistani province of Waziristan. (Less reported: a secessionist movement in Balochistan.) By decade’s end, however, with Bhutto’s widower Asif Ali Zardari as head of state, government forces were beginning to score some successes against the insurgents, in the Swat Valley and elsewhere. Pakistan nonetheless remains one of the region’s true trouble spots.

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Vlad January 12, 2010

You are jumping the gun. The first decade of this century ends December 31st 2010.

Don January 14, 2010

Ah, but you wouldn’t consider 1990 to be apart of the 80s, would you?
There was no year “0″, yes, so one may be tempted to say that we do have a year until the “00s” are up. However, seeing as a decade can arbitrarily be any stretch of ten years, it ultimately boils down to personal preference (notwithstanding the fact that we haven’t officially entered the 201st decade). So, yes, we haven’t technically made it into the next decade. But, once again, I wouldn’t consider 1990 to be apart of the 80s. And so, as far as I, and possibly most people, care, we have entered the “10s”, and left the “00s.”

Ashley Gavin January 15, 2010

I don’t see how neither the war in Iraq nor 911 made it to this list…

Xilantro January 15, 2010

Vlad is right – what’s the difference, though? Living in the strikingly stupid and un-democratic US, the 99-year century was no surprise, and moving decades up one for the new millenium makes as much sense as having the electoral college install the wrong guy in the presidency because Fox news announced his victory before votes were counted (that would be Bush) or calling the slaughter of 1m Iraqis a ‘war’ – Welcome to idiocracy! ;-)

Joe January 16, 2010

The 9/11 attack is, without a doubt, the most important event of this decade.

Robin January 16, 2010

Ashley/Joe- Actually, I think this story is called APAC: Top 10 Stories of the Decade for a reason. APAC. It is only concerned with the Asia-Pacific region which would exclude both New York and Iraq.

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