My good friend Raquel Evita Saraswati has just published a great piece in Haaretz on the failed hope of Benazir Bhutto. To read the article in full, please click here. For the Hebrew version, click here.
“Bhutto’s leadership was profoundly flawed. Her stated ideas and values, however, indicated true promise. If Muslims – and believers in democracy the world over – can relinquish reverence for Bhutto as a woman, and instead live according to those stated ideals – that democracy is necessary for peace, and that you can “kill a man, but not an idea” – then we have a fighting chance at change. Muslim women have a particularly important role to play, as we have the least to lose and the most to gain by fighting tribalism head-on. After all, it is women who bear the brunt of the evils Bhutto chose not to confront, and thus it is women who must take the initiatives she did not. We even have the backing of the Koran, which states: “God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves” (13:11). This is a call to action and a command against passivity.”