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.
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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