Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto

The first woman to lead a Muslim government in modern times, Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated today at a rally in Pakistan.

Regardless of what one thinks of her policies, politics, or even the possibility that the corruption charges repeatedly raised against her were true, Bhutto focused attention on the social, health and human rights of women in a state that routinely treats women as second class citizens.

Critics charge she was all promise and no action, while supporters argue that she was hamstrung by opposing, conservative political parties at every turn. It might be impossible to ever untangle fact from fiction from political manipulation, but what is undeniable is that she was a very visible, female face in Islamic politics, in a region of the world not known for allowing women that type of power.


Kathryn Hinsch said...

A very sad day: May she rest in peace.

sushilsingh said...

Benazir Bhutto (June 21, 1953 – December 27, 2007) was a

Pakistani politician who chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party a

centre-left political party in Pakistan. Bhutto was the first woman

elected to lead a Muslim state,[1] having twice been Prime Minister of

Pakistan (1988–1990; 1993–1996).
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Anonymous said...

I can’t believe that she was assassinated by a 15-year-old! What a shock! This is a crazy part of the world, and we are going to have to reassess our handling of such situations. I have spoken with several people from the middle east, and they all say that she was assassinated because it would be a major blow to the Americans. What are we doing wrong?

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