Thursday, December 27, 2007

Who was Benazir Bhutto?

"They tried and failed when she returned to Pakistan in October. They tried and failed with a baby suicide bomber. Yesterday, they stopped a 15-year-old with a bomb packed full of nails trying to kill her. Today, they succeeded. Dammit, dammit, dammit." --Michelle Malkin
The news this morning of the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, 54, may cause some to wonder who was this woman who headed the Pakistan Peoples Party.

I remember when she was sworn in in 1988 as the first woman elected to head an Islamic country, a strong woman from a family of politically active leaders ... two brothers who were assassinated and her father was executed. Educated at Harvard and Oxford Universities, she served as Prime Minister from 1988-90 and 1993-96.

In the strife-torn country of Pakistan, Mrs. Bhutto had been imprisoned and banished from the country but had recently returned to lead the Peoples Party in the upcoming elections in January 2008.

I emailed my ODBA friend DJ McGuire this morning to ask his thoughts because he is very knowledgeable about that part of the world, the history, and the people. He will probably have a post about this later today.

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