Remembering Benazir Bhutto

benazhir buttoIf not with my History class, Asian Civilization, in college I would not have known this powerful woman, Benazir Bhutto, and she may well raise her brow (of her soul) if I had not remembered anything about her when I was in high school, but only in college.

During our discussions in my last year at college, which was just last year, I really admire her political prowess. There aren't too many brave and bold women in the world and her courage is truly inspiring.

For those who do not know her, Benazir Bhutto, born June 21, 1953, is the former prime minister of Pakistan. Benazir was the eldest child of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Bhutto. She chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and was the first woman elected to lead a Musli having been twice elected Prime Minister.

Benazir Bhutto died on Dec. 27, 2007 at the age of 54 in a suicide attack on a political rally as she campaigned to hold that post a third time. Belonging to prominent families, her father was ousted and hanged by the Pakistani military and two of her brothers died violent deaths.

How unfortunate of her to have not even celebrated the new year. Let us pray for Ms. Bhutto and also for peace in Pakistan and in the whole world.

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Charles Letterman said...

I hope Benazir Bhutto enjoyed life. I hope that she had plenty of private vices, and overindulged whenever possible. I hope that her riches, gained through fair means or foul, were used for her own pleasure, with no regard for her future health.

I wish this for her as she was obviously never going to live until old age. Her determination to be a martyr was clear for all to see, an ambition she finally realised last Thursday at the hands of either al-Qaeda or a more sinister assassin.

She must have known that her frequent public appearances were inviting attempts on her life, and that the odds against her survival were diminishing with every rally. Brave or stupid, or both? Brave to face the gunmen and bombers maybe. But otherwise stupid. Really stupid.

Stupid to believe that her martyrdom would help the country and people that she constantly proclaimed to love. Stupid to believe that the democratic cause would be furthered by her death. To die for a cause may be noble, but in Bhutto's case it was a selfish act - an act from which no one will benefit.

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