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Thursday, December 27, 2007
Benazir Bhutto assassinated. This is terrible, in particular for a non-obvious reason.

Back in 1994, at a UN Conference about -- well, I forget what it was nominally about, but the UN was having a lot of high-profile international conferences in those days and they were all really about one thing: promoting population control and its capstone, a (never agreed-upon) international right to abortion.

At the one in 1994 -- it was in Cairo -- I remember Ms. Bhutto giving a speech that was distinctly critical of this whole project. Her apparent ascendancy in Pakistan may have been about the best news on the international scene. And now....