This is not a political blog by any means but I am personally saddened today by the assassination of former Pakistani PM, Benazir Bhutto. While some of her political choices may have been ill-conceived, I had a great deal of admiration for Ms Bhutto. Imagine, just imagine, being the female leader of an Islamic nation. How can any of us living in the West really know what that meant?
Benazir Bhutto was fearless, strong, forthright, forward thinking. She knew what she was up against yet she pressed ahead. My first thought when I heard she had been shot in the neck and chest was for her children. Were they aware of what was happening? Had they seen the news footage? How would they come to terms with losing their mother by such violent means?
I will leave the discussion of her political worth and the impact her death will have on Pakistan and the rest of the world to those better qualified to discuss it than I. My thoughts are with her children who knew her not as a politician, just as their mother. I hope that as the years pass and they begin to come to terms with her death that they will be able to believe, as she did, that one person can make a difference. May she rest in peace.