Benazir Bhutto was assassinated today at a political rally by an apparent suicide bomber.
Her father was murdered by Zia. Now she is murdered while another general holds power in Pakistan. While she was far from perfect, and her government was plagued by corruption, I will always remember her as she was when she first came to power in the late 1980s, as a symbol of hope and democracy after the dictatorial Zia. While she was never really able to deliver on that hope, the memory of who she was, of how she was perceived at the time…these make her death especially tragic.
I worry all the more for the future of Pakistan.
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