The former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, has been assassinated.
When I heard that she had been wounded while at a political rally this morning I thought of her family.
People lost a loved one today.
When I heard that she was critical and in surgery I thought of Pakistan, the country that she knowingly put her life on the line to defend against the forces of military oppression.
The Pakistani people lost an advocate today.
Then the news came that Benazir Bhutto is dead.
What happens next will determine what the world lost today.
Freedom requires opposition…dissent and the passionate defense of the right to voice dissent…not religion, or constant agreement or any of the love it or leave it bullshit those who fear the masses toss out as if an argument where a terroristic threat.
Silence the opposition and you smother freedom.
Smother freedom and the will of the people will struggle to catch fire.
I think that’s why Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan despite all the risks....because of the risks...to nurture the fire.
Benazir Bhutto was 54 years old.