Benazir Bhutto got into a car to leave, waving to supporters moments before being attacked.
Benazir Bhutto was one of those gutsy ones on the world stage that gave hope to the notion that things might be changed by getting involved in politics. Her tragic assassination today in Pakistan removes one of the dreamers in the world. And it makes me sad. These are some pictures from the BBC of today’s news.
James and I watch BBC News where international stories get the coverage they deserve. It was recently on one of their broadcasts that we remarked over the bravery Bhutto exhibited over her return to Pakistan to run in the nations general election. All polls showed that she was the likely winner when the balloting was to start on January 8, 2008. In fact only last week she had stated that the only way she could lose was if vote-rigging took place.
So the action today of those who wish to destroy the best chances to make progress in Pakistan may claim success. While they succeeded in silencing Bhutto, the idealism and class that she brought to the world stage will inspire and remind all that much work needs to be done in Pakistan.
While I have grave problems with Pervez Musharraf, I also find the other main contender for election, Nawaz Sharif, short sighted and ill-suited for the role of moving Pakistan in a careful direction given the internal chaos there, and the international complexities that surrounds the country. Benazir Bhutto was the one most suited for the job of uniting her people and the world community at this juncture. She was the best one in Pakistan to bridge the divides and calm the nation.
Now instead there will be anger and riots in Pakistan, followed by long term uncertainty.
And much sadness around the globe.