Yes, I’m on vacation with my family. Having a nice time relaxing with PunditGirl and Mr. PunditMom.
But how do I not grieve for Benazir Bhutto.
I know there are all sorts of issues surrounding her — circumstances of her family, her political party, her governance of Pakistan during her two terms as prime minister.
She knew that going back to Pakistan after years in exile would be risky and dangerous — a decision that could leave her three children without a mother. But she also knew it was something she had to do for her people.
I can’t help but wondering — if she had been a man, would she still be alive today?
No doubt Musharraf’s people would have done a lot to keep any political challenger away from power. But in a Muslim country, I have to wonder how much animosity there was against Bhutto for the mere reason she was a woman.
There will be much discussion of this tragedy in the coming weeks. But who will take Bhutto’s place?
She tried valiantly to step into the shoes of her executed father in an effort to bring some peace and stability to an unstable country. She tried to follow her father — will her children do the same? And, if not, who will be brave enough to take over for her?
I am not a scholar of Pakistan and its politics. But as a political woman, I can’t keep myself from the news of Bhutto’s demise.
And I can’t keep from wondering which U.S. presidential hopeful is strong enough to determine what the strategy is to keep that region from imploding on itself.