Thursday, December 27, 2007
December 27, 2007
Wow, such sad news today. I didn't hear until this afternoon that former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, has been assassinated.
No, I'm not Pakistani, or any sort of middle east political pundit, but I remember years ago being enamored with her. She was striking in appearance. I can recall sitting in a little office cubicle poring over newspaper articles about her strength and her political family. Her father, also a prime minister, was hanged in 1979. Both of her brothers were assassinated, one possibly by her husband.
In 1988, at age 35, she became the first female prime minister of a modern Muslim country. She survived several political coups, eight years in exile, corruption charges and several attacks on her life. For a brief history on the life of Benazir Bhutto, read next month's issue of Parade magazine.
In the upcoming January elections Bhutto promised to help restore democracy. Now the choices seem to be the lesser of two evils.
Assassinations and death threats come with the job description of 'world leader.' But today's events are especially ugly. Is it because she's a woman? A mother? Or is it because she's a stable mind in a country ripe with nuclear weapons?
For a happier story, check out this US soldier who adopted an Iraqi boy.