December 29, 2007 1:18 AM
"Assassination rocks Pakistan."
That's the headline I saw today when I hopped out of bed and picked up the Los Angeles Times. http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx
The tagline read "Bhutto's death triggers violence and heightens instability."
Benazir Bhutto, as many of us now know, was killed in Rawalpindi, Pakistan just over a day ago. The pictures, the stories, the survivors, the blood, the faded hope. All of the events continue to escalate tensions in an already unstable, tension-ridden country. Funny thing, to follow the line of leaders the United States has backed in the past and the way that history seems to repeat itself. As I read on and continued to hear more and more about the events that unfolded, I really thought about U.S. politics, influence, and power. In the Philippines, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, an opponent of U.S. backed Ferdinand Marcos was assassinated while coming off of a plane (1983). History tells us a lot about foreign relations, intent, personal gain, and "democracy for the people". Perhaps oppression, terror, and dictatorship ("sweeping power" or Martial Law) come wrapped in a disguise of democracy?
What I thought a lot about as well were the people...the citizens of Pakistan. Then I thought about my best friend, who is in Pakistan visiting family and friends for his winter break.
He called me today and left me a message "I don't know if you've been following the news, but it's pretty crazy here...we had to drive cross-country early this morning...everything's on lockdown..."
(home safe - 1/1/08) :)
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