Thursday, December 27, 2007

Remembering Benazir Bhutto

She was a strong, independent woman -- groomed to take power and encouraged by her father to read about other women leaders including Joan of Arc. What made her so amazing is her ability to take and keep political power in a Muslim country, one that has become increasingly more militant and frightening. I worried when she returned to her native country from exile in Dubai and London, as did all of those who watch Pakistan from afar, particularly when her first rally was met by violence and a suicide bomber that killed over 130. Today is a sad day for Pakistan, a tragic one in fact. It's a sad day for all of those that hope for democracy, but fear for something much less in Pakistan.

Jane Perlez's obituary is worth the read.

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