I am surprised by how genuinely saddened I was by the news of Ms Bhutto's assassination. Up until September, I had all but forgotten about her. Tariq Ali's The Clash of Fundamentalisms (an informative & interesting book with an externally interesting cover) reminded me of how I was initially intrigued by her, being the first woman prime minister in the Muslim world, then how disappointed I was because of the corruption charges against her.
In October, she decides to return to Pakistan and there she was, back on the front pages, and back into our lives. Although her return might have been orchestrated by the US administration (I don't know enough to give any meaningful political analysis on the subject), I was once again fascinated by her charisma and her courageous decision to continuing with her campaign in spite of the previous assassination attempt. It's too bad that her courage was greeted with bullets.
May God bless her and all victims of violence.
For more on Bhutto's assassination, here are reviews, by Tariq Ali, Robert Fisk, & Mona Eltahawy.