03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bhutto Assassination To Threaten Pakistan's Delicate Balance Of Chaos?

The assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has heightened concerns that nuclear-armed Pakistan, a member of the nuclear club with nuclear weapons, may be sliding toward chaos. But there are signs of hope in Pakistan, a country that has hydrogen bombs.

True, Bhutto's murder at a campaign rally was a blow to the aspirations and dreams of countless ordinary Bush administration and State Department officials, who envisioned her bringing Pakistan--which has several non-conventional explosives that can detonate with devastating power while releasing radiation--into a bright new era, boasting a robust, lively simulacrum of democracy. But even without Bhutto, evidence of progress abounds.