Sunday, December 30, 2007

What a way to go

A couple of days after the official explanation of Benazir Bhutto's death as a tragic accident in a moment of mortal attack are being rubbished by film footage as grainy and wobbly as that of Kennedy's assassination in 1963. Expert interpreters identify a gunman shooting in close proximity to her car in a chaotic crowd seconds before the suicide bomber's self-detonation. Either way, the risk of self-exposure was hers. Her willingness to make herself vulnerable, to renounce really secure protection in order to connect with 'her people' is the real political legacy of her death. Dissembling governments, armies, security forces, insurgents and assassins all come and go and are soon forgotten. Christ's message lives on in acts like hers ; "He saved others, he cannot (will not) save himself." Self-sacrifice is ultimately the only fruitful act.

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