Friday, December 28, 2007

Benazir Bhutto links

In the aftermath of the Bhutto killing my heart goes out this morning to gifted group of young people, Pakistan's brightest and best, who publish 3Quarks Daily. It is a horrible experience to lose a living symbol of hope, whether by accident or design. In this case the tragedy is amplified by a political quagmire that seems to have no end.

There is a blizzard of commentary this morning but 3Quarks is my bridge to Pakistan. I look to them to help me interpret what happens next.

Moderniser, moderate, martyr (The Guardian)

in the eye of the Pakistan storm (NY Times)

For once, I have no words... (a pain-filled gesture from the editor of 3Quarks)

Obituary: Benazir Bhutto (BBC News)

Benazir Bhutto assassinated (CNN News)

The following anguished poem is from a comment left at Abbas Raza's post.

Our leader
Our hope
Our country
Our credo
Our ethos
Our emblem
Our identity
Our inspiration
Our pride
Our poem
Our anthem
Darkness falls, sweet Shahzadi, sleep.
Dear sweet Benazir, sleep.

Our unending love
Our enduring grief burys you deep in our hearts.
We are broken. Our hearts, our minds, our souls. Cry beloved country.
We have been looted.

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