RIP Benazir Bhutto

By now, anyone who pays even bare attention to the news is probably aware that Benazir Bhutto, lead of the political opposition in Pakistan, was assassinated early this morning after a combined shooting/suicide bomb attack.

Leaving aside the alleged corruption in her past — and possibly drinking freely of the kool-aid on CNN — I very much hope that Benazir Bhutto was what the media and her supporters says she was: a bold, brave woman willing to risk her life in her quest for a secular, democratic Pakistan.

While we’ve got politicians vying for their respective party nominations here in the States, preaching their platforms from the relative safety of an Iowa school or a New Hampshire town hall, Bhutto came out of exile and returned to a country to run for a third term as Prime Minister, knowing full well the risks she faced, in order to see her country securely democratic. It’s refreshing to see such courage from a politician, a courage in the vein of some of this country’s own founders, who risked their lives rebelling from the British Crown if their revolution failed.

May you find in death the peace that escaped you in life, Benazir Bhutto.

3 thoughts on “RIP Benazir Bhutto

  1. From my readings, her corruption was not hers; her crime was naivete when first taking office, and accepting members of previous administrations into her own without expecting them to be massively corrupt, which they were and continued to be. Was her administration corrupt? Yes. Was she? Well, it was finally her responsibility, but I don’t think so. And Zia (the President featured in Charlie Wilson’s War) did murder her father, regardless of what Julia Roberts’ character says.

    Her death is a huge loss for Pakistan and for the middle east. There is almost no way that fair elections could be held now, because most of the other candidates are terrified.

    Also, and I don’t want to get into conspiracy theories here, but Bhutto was sure that she would be murdered by the Secret Police, and it’s very difficult to see anyone who benefits more from her death than Musharraf.

  2. I was so disgusted when I heard she was murdered. She was a heroine and probably the best thing that ever happened to Pakistan.

  3. I have been observing the tragedies that have come to her family for almost thirty years. When she returned to Pakistan, I feared she would be assassinated—even after the assignation attempt on the day she arrived failed. My gut feeling tells me that the Taliban is not responsible for her death; if I were investigating her assassination, I would begin with the Musharraf régime.

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