Friday, December 28, 2007

another light goes out

"Without a place to vent, the passion of our people for liberty threatens to explode... There is not enough barbed wire, or bullets, or bayonets to defeat my people's unquestionable desire for democracy." Benazir Bhutto, November 10, 2007

Benazir Bhutto assassinated.

damn, damn, damn.

i know Bhutto was controversial. most trailblazers are. but to me, she was the ultimate feminist and champion for the poorest and most marginalized communities in a land where they had absolutely no voice, at all. she became their voice. and they loved her for it. she was courageous and full of conviction and in spite of seemingly insurmountable challenges, she was making real change for the people of Pakistan seem possible and achievable.

there are few women i admired more than Benazir. here was a woman speaking to the world about a Pakistan with programs for health, social welfare and education for the underprivileged. about putting an end to the divisions in Pakistani society - including reducing discrimination between men and women. it was...extraordinary.

it was so courageous to step out in that world and speak out. she spent her entire life with the threat of violence, of death, all around her. she could have chosen to quietly disappear and live a peaceful life somewhere...anywhere. but she didn't. i suspect that in her heart, doing 'nothing' was inconceivable, and in her mind, she must have understood that she was born to lead. to be a trailblazer. and a visionary. and like so many trailblazers and visionaries, she paid the ultimate price for daring not just to dream of a better world, but to do what she could to make a better world. we should all be half so bold.

Benazir Bhutto assassinated.

damn, damn, damn.

another light goes out in the world.

what a tragedy. truly.

and the turmoil and violence that slow-boils in Pakistan seems ready to erupt now.

this is just. so. sad.

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