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2007 12 27
Benazir Bhutto, 1953-2007
Photo: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/photocredit/achievers/bhu0-004

One of my most vivid memories is of the time I spent in Karachi, Pakistan when Benazir Bhutto returned from exile the first time in the mid 1980’s. Millions of Pakistanis filled the streets and it took Ms. Bhutto almost a day to make it from the airport into central Karachi. While chaotic, the atmosphere was not violent—it was more like an immense party everyone was invited to. When Bhutto returned from exile this year, the same route became the stage for a gruesome attempt on her life. More than a hundred people died. It was hard to imagine that attempt would be the last. This afternoon Pakistan time, Bhutto was killed at a political rally in Rawalpindi.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

. . .
From "The Second Coming," a poem by William Butler Yeats
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