An open letter from an ignorant, but caring American
I will be the first to admit I know very little about life in Pakistan. I have never been there. From my warm, safe, peaceful home in a New England suburb the chaos being reported following the assassination of Ms. Bhutto is a miserable thing to observe.
Regardless of her politics, her love for her country and its people is (not was) beyond dispute. I can only shake my head, wipe away a tear and wonder how any population of people so religious still choose to carry on this way. The hospital she died at is burning, homes and shops are being looted throughout the land, police stations are under siege.
Go right ahead and accuse me of not being able to understand. I don't. I can't. I have tried. I even ordered a copy of the Koran and I read it hoping that maybe I would get some insight into why the Supreme Gift of LIFE, which is only to be taken by the one who gives it, is so quickly taken because one person disagrees with another person about politics. I missed the part of the KORAN that said it was alright to murder political opponents.
Is there one to-be suicide bomber who can understand that all such behavior will do is further polarize Pakistan's people against one another? Killing her will do nothing but make others fight for her cause even harder.
I feel very, very badly for Pakistan tonight. I have to think that most who live there feel enraged, embarrassed, shamed, dishonoured by the act of some mindless shooter/bomber. Pakistan deserves so much better than this.
A very large population of intelligent, sympathetic world citizens wait for the day when we can all speak of those days long ago when the suicide bombers and assassins lurked around every corner.
We will embrace fully the Pakistan we know is trying to emerge, the Pakistan that abandons violence as a political strategy. In the meantime, we wait, we hope, we pray for all of you. God bless you all and may your suffering end soon. May MS. Bhutto and all those who have died trying to bring Pakistan into the modern age , politically, rest in peace. benazir bhutto www.pakpositive.com