Friday, December 28, 2007

Benazir Bhutto 1953-2007

I was saddened to hear that Benazir Bhutto, the only woman to ever run a Muslim nation, was gunned down, murdered, assassinated on Thursday. I am sad because since her return to Pakistan in October of this year, and her decision to run for Prime Minister again, I have learned of her history and seen many interviews and actually came to like this woman because of her obvious courage and the hope and stability that I hoped she could bring to that nation. A nation that by it's own culture is cut up into many sects, and has been politically cut up into many factions including military rule. A nation armed with nuclear weapons. This is a terrorist organization's dreamland. Al-Qaida thrives in Pakistan now. Chaos is their friend.

Benazir Bhutto was educated at Radcliffe and Harvard and spent much time in the U.S.
She said she wanted her nation to experience the freedom we take for granted. Freedom to criticize the president, to even take him down by impeachment. She wanted freedom for Pakistan. She said she wanted to bring political moderation, end the terrorist stronghold, and help the desperately poor in her nation.
So now on the morning of her funeral, grief stricken, angry Pakistani people are in the streets. Their liberal Pakistan Peoples Party candidate who wanted democracy is gone. We will never know if Benazir Bhutto would have been successful at the polls or in fulfilling her dream of bringing moderation and stability to her homeland.

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