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I'm posting this in memory of Benazir Bhutto - a very brave woman assassinated this afternoon. It is a photograph taken in Istanbul (though of what I'm not exactly sure) by a Pakistani photographer who used to take pictures for us some years ago at Europaworld. He sends me a photograph every year at Christmas. I received it only this morning, and it seems particularly apt - at this sad time. Uploaded Image

Posted at 27th Dec 2007 - 07:12PM   Posted by Fennie   Sad News Comments: 15

KittyB's Avatar Very sad indeed - she was an inspirational woman.

Posted by: KittyB on 27th Dec 2007 at 07:22PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Yes, indeed. I have been listening to the radio and hearing a friend of hers saying what an amazing woman she was, on a personal as well as political level. How she believed that our time was ordained and fully accepted that her life might end this way. I too feel a great sadness.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 27th Dec 2007 at 07:32PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Berlimey - sad news indeed . . .sad world too where we assassinate our own kind - especially the inspirational ones.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 27th Dec 2007 at 08:11PM

I can't believe it. Her life will surely o down in history. I can't help but be afraid of the consequences

Posted by: Pili Pala on 27th Dec 2007 at 08:17PM

Toady's Avatar Dreadful news. A brave woman indeed.

Posted by: Toady on 27th Dec 2007 at 09:01PM

Ivy's Avatar When I read the news today on the Internet (no TV or radio where I am at the moment) I thought it was bound to happen. I heard an interview some time ago where she made it perfectly clear that she knew that her life was in constant danger. I don't know anything about the real person behind the name Benazir Bhuto but she must have been a strong minded person to endure so much hardship for what she thought was right. It is terrible that people get killed for their belief and that democracy is at a loss again.

Posted by: Ivy on 27th Dec 2007 at 09:01PM

Withy Brook's Avatar I agree Ivy. She was a woman of great courage, who will be remembered as one of the greatest. What this is going to do to the stability of Pakistan heaven alone knows. It is all part of the frightening world that we live in today.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 27th Dec 2007 at 09:11PM

Mountainear's Avatar Terrible news indeed - and not just for Pakistan and democracy. I believe she was the mother of 3 children too.

Posted by: Mountainear on 27th Dec 2007 at 10:05PM

Cait's Avatar I agree with all that's been said. I was not surprised that it happened. What courage she showed.

Posted by: Cait on 27th Dec 2007 at 11:04PM

Grouse's Avatar Her days were numbered the minute she set foot back in the country. She WAS very brave but must also have been foolhardy- she stood up in the car and that's when the man shot her. I remember how devastated I was when they hanged her father. He also died for his beliefs

Posted by: Grouse on 27th Dec 2007 at 11:35PM

Frances's Avatar Well, I am coming upon your comments after a day at home (aside from a massive errand run in the rain) watching the news.

I was watching cable tv news this morning when the initial report was made of an explosion at a rally. Then within 30 minutes, the story darkened.

Ms. Bhutto was such a charismatic figure. I can still remember images of her decades ago, when she appeared much more westernized...perhaps her Harvard years. I remember her plucked eyebrows over beautifully kholled eyes.

Then her marriage, and return to Pakistan. And then quite a few more complicated chapters.

It is awful to have anyone, anyone killed. As we may be thinking of Ms. Bhutto, may we also think of others that have died today alongside her, and after her. Gosh, let us send our sympathies to all who die as a result of forces so much larger than those individuals.

Treasure every day, my purple friends. Let us count our blessings and hope that the new year will keep us safe. I really do not like the feel of the current political campaigns in my country. Do we get what we deserve?

Please forgive me for this serious note. I know that this group is a group that can engage in the serious along with the light.


Posted by: Frances on 28th Dec 2007 at 12:09AM

Camilla's Avatar This is such extremely sad news, this was a woman of immense courage. A sad day for Pakistan, and so too for our democracy.

Posted by: Camilla on 28th Dec 2007 at 09:00AM

The images was taken in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey. The disc with the writing on it is Arabic Islamic calligraphy, and I believe them to be wise/holy sayings; Hagia Sophia is Greek for ' Holy Wisdom'.

I posted an image some months ago in the same Mosque of the Byzantine Empress ZoŽ. This one depicts an incredible mosaic in one of the domes of the Madonna and Child, and is facing similar images on The Angels Gabriel and Michael built in the 5th Century AD as a Church and converted to a Mosque in 1435. It remained a Mosque until 1935, and is now a musuem.

Posted by: ZoŽ on 28th Dec 2007 at 12:48PM

Pondside's Avatar I thought that some of you might not have seen this article - so very tragic - even though she went in with eyes wide open.

Posted by: Pondside on 28th Dec 2007 at 04:19PM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar Agree, very sad and worrying news. She must have been an incredibly brave woman.

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 28th Dec 2007 at 09:43PM

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