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Benazir Bhutto

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The stark news ricocheted around the world today - Benazir Bhutto assassinated. Newspaper headlines will try to summarize the tragedy in tomorrow's editions and many columns will be written about her life and the impact of her death on the world's political scene. How can we ever hope to capture the life and courage of the first woman to become head of Government in an Islamic State? In the US, and even Ireland and the United Kingdom, we take it for granted that woman have the right to hold the highest offices in the land. Such rights are not automatic for women in Islamic countries. The achievements of Benezir Bhutto took the kind of courage that goes beyond words, and only those closest to her will know what it cost.She knew the risks she was taking as she tried to return to Goverment. She was willing to pay the price that sadly ended in her death today. Her husband has lost his wife, her children a mother - and women all over the world have lost a living symbol of the strength and courage of the feminine spirit.

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Jeff Barclay 6 years, 12 months ago

While so many whip on Christianized America let's remember that there are no rights for women in Islam. Neither are there premises within Islamic law that lend toward democratic liberties, let alone democratic government. Many would argue against this, but I contend Christian influences are what have brought limited reforms (suffrage and women's rights) within some sects of Islam. I don't know why God (Yahweh, not Allah) ordained that I should be born in America, but each day I am forever grateful.

A second thought, for me a multiplier in Bhutto's murder is that my Fox News, CNN, and MSN news pages continue to celebrate faulted female celebraties like Nicole Smith, Paris Hilton and the Spear girls. Benezir Bhutto stands tall and in stark contrast to these do nothing losers. Bhutto, an example of courage and resolve to male and female alike!

BunE 6 years, 12 months ago

Lets us not forget that God = Yahweh = Allah=Whatever and to think that you somehow were placed in America by will of some force makes me weep. Luck of the womb, some DNA and a shared look between your parents...After all, if being born in the US was part of destiny, I would hope you would be on your way to curing cancer or negotiating a lasting peace between MU and KU.

As for Bhutto, the people of Pakistan may have liked her, I don't know, but her party was rife with corruption. She was annointed by the US as an acceptable foil to Musharref and her presence will be missed. Unfortunately, it would seem that there is no "Plan B" to continue the push toward political liberalization. I wonder how long 'til martial law?

There is no "Christainized America" too much porn to download...

Ronda Miller 6 years, 12 months ago

Eileen, I too felt overwhelmed with sadness that this brave and talented woman, a leader loved by so many, has left this world. She truly gave all for the sake of her beliefs. I realize a lot of other young people around the world are also doing the same, including the person who died killing her.

It is difficult to ascertain what role she could have played were she allowed to live and serve as she desired. I am heart sick that the killing does not end.

I don't know that I agree that it is taken for granted in the United States that a woman can achieve the highest of offices. We have one such example ongoing now, but I hear many voice the, "I don't think the U.S. is ready for a female president yet," Only time will tell on that one.

Bhutto does stand in stark contrast to the role models our young women have, but she is dead, she has been murdered and I dread what that message sends to the same young women.

BunE 6 years, 12 months ago

Look only at the spittle flying from the mouths of our right wing pundits when you mention H. Clinton. You can hear the jack$%&es make threats and promises of what they may do if we get a woman president. Poor, ignorant fools. They have been conditioned since birth to fear the power of anyone not white and male and respond like dogs to a bell. Poor, ignorant America.

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