Friday, October 19, 2007

The Bravest Person On Earth

One must admire the unrelenting patriotism one must have for his or her country for them to return to that country and face near certain death. Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto could have thrown in the towel on Pakistan after they hanged her father. She could have given up when forced her into exile long before Islamic radicals began powerful there. She could have lived out her days in the safety and security of Dubai or London, advocating for a free Pakistan from afar. No one could deny that staying out of Pakistan would've been a smart and lifesaving thing to do. Instead, seeing the need for democracy to return to Pakistan, one of the few Muslim countries to have enjoyed a free society, she went back home facing death threats, and barely survived an attempt on her life in the city she was born in.

Defiant, she did not go into hiding after yesterday's attack. Today, she reminded the world what bravery looks like.

"We are prepared to risk our lives and we are prepared to risk our liberty, but we are not prepared to surrender our great nation to the militants."

Ms. Bhutto can teach everyone out there a lesson about leadership. Among those who should take notes; Congress.

If Ms. Bhutto is willing to give her life for what she believes is right, then the Democratic leadership should be willing to risk their seats for what's right. That is true leadership.

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