December 29, 2007 § 3 Comments

Just popping my head in to call your attention to this— I can’t think of a visceral-enough adjective— slideshow of Benazir Bhutto‘s last moments (graphic, but worth viewing in full screen if you can). I’ve never lived in a country where citizens took their democracy seriously enough to risk death at a rally.

Are any of our 2008 candidates willing to die for their vision of the country the way Bhutto died for her own? Should that be the acid test?

§ 3 Responses to Martyr

  • If all good politicians risked their lives for their visions there wouldn’t be any good politicians.

    I would think that after what happened in November 1963 political leaders would generally avoid open motorcades. What was Bhutto thinking? She had just survived an assassination attempt a couple of months earlier, and she must have known ahead of this last rally there would be enemies in the crowd. I’m not one to blame the victim, but how effectively can you promote your agenda if you’re standing in the path of bullets?

  • Tena says:

    The death of this woman haunts me. It puts the world in a much more precarious place.

  • Colleen says:

    Kristina: I’ve just left a comment over on Richard’s blog… Happy New Year to you both! I’ve tagged you on my site to share six random things about yourself. Sounded like a fun thing to do. C

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