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I’m saddened today by the murder of Benazir Bhutto. I’ll be the first to tell you I know nothing of Pakistani politics or the influence of her presence. I am fairly certain, however, that strong female leadership in Muslim countries is scarce and her death is a true loss. {Who are we kidding? Strong female leadership is ridiculously scarce internationally regardless of the religious majority.}
I’ve looked at the photos of those mourning and I did wonder — would I take to the streets to mourn an American leader? Would I pull my hair out and beat my chest if someone killed my candidate? I know reactions vary geographically to such violence, but I’m not sure an assassination would result in much more from me than a sincere cry and angry blog post.
A friend emailed the following in regard to Bhutto’s murder. The sentiment is beautiful and I’m thankful that I’m still naive enough to hope her death will encourage positive change.

Franciscan Benediction:

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor. Amen.

17 Replies to “Hope”

  1. I enjoy reading your blog. Yes, her death is indeed a true loss. I like your positive attitude, and may we press onward with hope.

  2. Kelli…I totally understand it mad me sad too. I have hope and know that things will be better one day. Dont give up hope it is an anchor for the soul.

  3. Excellent point, Kelli! I think we live somewhat insular lives in the U.S. as we don’t see war on the streets in front of our homes (although that is not true in respect to drugs and criminal behavior in some cities). I am saddened by her death, too. The benediction is beautiful but oh-so true. Blessings on all those who risk much to bring peace and better conditions to human society.

  4. Kelli, it is a good post. It is time that Americans paid a little more attention to world affairs than they seem to. Her death can have dire consequences for all of us. I am very afraid right now how this will all play out. Pakistan is a nuclear power, Al Quaeda (bin Laden) wants that power and Bhutto potentially stood in his way by being aligned with America. (Bush has already been blamed by some in the main stream media). Like I said, I’m very afraid…ciao

  5. Listening to an interview with her longtime attorney on international public radio yesterday, it was his unveiled grief that was particularly profound. You’re right, American response to the same would probably be mega blog posts, an insular outcry really. Bravo for hope, for without that, what do we have. … The sunflowers are beautiful, by the way. Perfect illustration.

  6. She knew that her life was at risk every time she went outside, yet she marched forward with passion and determination to bring peace and stability to Pakistan. Her love of country took center stage in her life. She has been quoted as saying “I did not choose this life, it chose me”. Let’s just pray that young women all over the world will one day prevail in their battle to be heard.

  7. I was so saddened to hear of her assassination. I don’t much about it either, but when she came out of exile recently it seemed like positive things were on the horizon. Terrible that people can take someone’s life like this.

  8. A beautiful post Kelli. Yes, indeed, she is a loss and you brought up some very interesting food for thought. Even in her death she is serving her country by bringing to light its problems and corruption. She was fearless and a real heroine.

  9. Kelli, regarding that last paragraph that you wrote, it suits perfectly with a movie I watched last night “The girl in the cafe”. Worthwhile watching.

  10. Amen, indeed.
    She was the PM of Pakistan when I was in India. I don’t know what it is about that part of the world elevating the next of kin as next in line politically in the name of Democracy. Her father was prime minister too, and now they are putting up her son & husband as party leaders. Interesting…. India did the same thing with Nehru, his daughter – Indira Gandhi, her son – Rajiv, and now his wife – Sonja, who I think was actaully Italian, is the party leader. The world is a fascinating place. And yes, it is sad to see a strong woman leader go. We need more strong women leaders in this world.

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