Pakistan Trip Conjures Eerie Memories for 2 Lamwakers
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) are back on American soil after what turned into a rather dramatic trip to Pakistan -- a fact-finding mission that evoked eerie memories for both.
The two lawmakers stopped in Pakistan last week as part of a larger trip to the Middle East and South Asia. They were scheduled to meet Banazir Bhutto for dinner on the very day that she was assassinated.
Specter, who served on the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is now calling on the United Nations to appoint a commission to investigate the Pakistani opposition leader's death.
"In a matter of this sort, it is to be expected, based on what happened following the assassination of President Kennedy, to have a wide range of allegations and conspiracy theories," Specter wrote yesterday in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
When The Sleuth spoke to him by phone Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Kennedy sounded as if he was still in shock at what happened to Bhutto -- and just how close he and Specter came to it all.
Just hours before Bhutto's death, he and Specter had visited the park in Rawalpindi where the former prime minister was assassinated following a political rally. They were scheduled to have a late dinner with her after first stopping by a reception at Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's home.
Ironically, Kennedy said that the day before Bhutto was killed, he found himself chatting with Pakistanis about the assassination of his uncle. The subject came up when the congressman handed out Kennedy half dollars, as he often does when he travels, to thank various officials for their "good will."
"When I did, they'd tell me where they were the day my uncle was killed. People half way around the world, speaking through interpreters, remembering where they were," Kennedy said. "It's highly ironic, because on that day I'll never forget where I was when Benazir Bhutto was assassinated."
Specter, in his letter to the U.N. secretary-general, recalled how newly sworn-in President Lyndon Johnson appointed an independent investigating commission -- the Warren Commission -- "within seven days" after JFK was assassinated.
In the very next sentence, in his typical legalese manner, Specter laid out the facts:
"As you may know, Representative Patrick Kennedy, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-RI), and I were scheduled to meet with Ms. Bhutto at 9 pm on Thursday, December 27th. She had called for that late meeting because she was fully engaged in campaigning that day. As Representative Kennedy and I were preparing to depart for a dinner with President Musharraf at 7pm and the later meeting with Ms. Bhutto, we were informed of her assassination."
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