Morocco: Shock at Benazir Bhutto's Death

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto on December 27 sparked reactions from around the world, Morocco being no exception. Moroccan bloggers were, on the whole, shocked and enraged at the killing of Pakistan's former prime minister. Here is a sampling of reactions from the blogoma:

Vagabondeuse of The Magic of My Universe summed up Moroccans’ feelings most bluntly exclaiming:


Big World Learner finds that the world just keeps getting uglier:

All my mind thinks now is that Benazir Bhutto was a brave woman, and her assassination is the manifestation of utter cowardice.

The world where we are living is becoming ugly… extremely ugly.

May Bhutto’s soul and those of the other victims rest in peace.

Al Miraat/The Moroccan Mirror remembers Bhutto as a woman of courage:

Ms. Bhutto has been accused of incompetence and corruption in the past, nevertheless, she was never convicted nor any evidence has ever been brought against her. One thing is for sure: she was a hell of a courageous, beautiful and charismatic woman. A Muslim woman who undeniably loved her country and refused to hand it over to arbitrary rulers or to absolutist fanatics.

Lydia Beyoud discovered that the Francophone blogoma was just as vocal in their reactions:

With the headline “Benazir Bhutto Assassinated!” and a tone of dismay Kamal writes:

Comme s'il ne fallait pas s'y attendre après les récents événements au Pakistan, et surtout après le retour de Benazir Bhutto à son pays!!!

Benazir Bhutto, première musulmane à présider un pays, a été victime d'un attentat à Islamadad… Quelle violence, quelle violence…

Much as you might expect after the recent events in Pakistan, and especially after Benazir Bhutto's return to her country!

Benazir Bhutto, the first female Muslim to lead a country, was the victim of an assassination in Islamadad [sic]…What violence, what violence…

By the same posting title, blogger Amina Talhimet writes:

Benazir Bhutto, ancien premier ministre pakistanais, vient d’être tuée dans un attentat au Pakistan. Elle était candidate aux législatives pakistanaises qui doivent se tenir début 2008. Elle avait été la première femme à occuper un poste de premier ministre dans un pays musulman. C’était déjà en 1988. En 1993, Benazir Bhutto sera premier ministre pour la seconde fois. Accusée de corruption, elle avait choisi l’exil en 1999. Elle était rentrée dans son pays le 18 octobre dernier suite à une amnistie [sic] du président pakistanais Pervez Musharaf. Elle y avait été accueillie par un double attentat kamikaze sanglant qui avait coûté la vie à de 139 personnes.

Cette femme je l'aimais bien. L'année se termine très mal pour le Pakistan.

Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistani Prime Minister, has just been killed in an attack in Pakistan. She was a candidate in the Pakistani legislative elections, to be held at the beginning of 2008. She was the first woman to occupy the position of prime minister in a Muslim country. That was back in 1988. In 1993, Benazir Bhutto became Prime Minister for the second time. Accused of corruption, she chose exile in 1999. She returned to her country last October 18 following an amnesty from Pakistani President Pervez Musharaf. She was welcomed by a bloody double kamikaze attack which cost the lives of 139 people.

I really liked this woman. The year is ending very badly for Pakistan.

Biding farewell to the Pakistani politician, blogger Manal wrote entitled “Adieu Benazir” about Bhutto's influence upon her childhood:

Du temps où la RTM démarrait ses programmes à 18h, je garde le souvenir de plusieurs femmes qui ont marqué mon enfance et mon adolescence…

Aujourd’hui l’une d’entre elles s’est éteinte. Non. On l’a assassiné !

Je ne la connaissais pas, mais je me rappelle avoir imité son look plusieurs fois devant mon miroir. Pour moi elle était la présidente du Pakistan, elle était une dame forte, déterminée, belle et influente…

J’avais 10 ou 11 ans, et je la regardais quotidiennement aux news…

Aujourd’hui, ils ont décidé de la tuer parce qu’elle était une dame d’exception, parce qu’elle était différente et parce qu’elle aimait son pays.

Benazir Bhutto n’est plus, mais au fond de ma mémoire, je garderai les expressions de son visage déterminé et je l’admirerai toujours pour son courage.

J’ai envie de la pleurer mais je me retiens, comme une enfant qui aura honte de voir ses larmes couler…

As the RTM [Radio Television du Maroc, a major media source in Morocco] was starting its prime time programing, I keep the memory of several women who made their mark on my childhood and adolescence…

Today one of them has been extinguished. No. She was assassinated!

I didn't know her, but I remember having imitated her style several times in front of my mirror. For me, she was the president of Pakistan, she was a strong woman, determined, beautiful and influential…

I was 10 or 11 years old, and I watched her everyday on the news…

Today, they decided to kill her because she was an exceptional lady, because she was different and because she loved her country.

Benazir Bhutto is no more, but in the depths of my memory, I will keep the expressions of her determined face and I will always admire her for her courage.

I feel like crying for her, but I'm holding myself back, like a child ashamed to see tears fall from its eyes…

Blogger R. Naim views this date of the death of “The Rose of Pakistan” as one that will live on as a dark day in Pakistan's history:

Benazir Bhutto n'est plus. Journée maussade, celle où on assasine sauvagement l'un des espoirs de tout un pays. Jour triste, celui où l'intégrisme totalitaire montre son visage le plus noir. Date funèbre, celle où on enterre une dame coupable d'être capable. Capable de remuer une montagne d'idées archaïques et vieillotes et qui, malgré quelques erreurs de parcours, restera l'une des figures emblématiques d'une démocratisation ratée.

Benazir Bhutto is no more. A dismal day, on which one of the hopes of an entire country is savagely assassinated. A sad day, on which totalitarian extremism shows its blackest face. A mournful date, on which a woman whose only crime was of being capable. Capable of overturning a mountain of archaic and outdated ideas and who, despite a few errors along the way, will remain one of the emblematic figures of a failed democratization.

Kenza, on her blog “Murmurs” writes that she was shocked enough by the news as to pull herself out of a nasty cold in order to post her reaction to the event:

Je me souviens avoir lancé sans vraiment y croire : ”ils finiront par la tuer” en cette journée d’octobre qui l’a vus revenir au Pakistan. De penser que cette phrase lancée par désespoir de voir les choses un jour changer dans cette partie du monde, de penser que cette phrase qu’au fond de moi j’espérais contredire un jour, de penser qu’elle est désormais réalité me glace le sang.

Benazir n’est plus, le courage ne paye pas toujours dans ce monde de brute…

On that day in October which saw her return to Pakistan, I remember having uttered “they'll end up killing her,” without really believing it. To think that this sentence, thrown out in despair of seeing things change one day in this part of the world, to think that this sentence which I hoped deep inside would one day be proven wrong, to think that it has now become reality chills my blood.

Benazir is no more, courage doesn't always pay in this brutal world.

Blogger Agharass quotes some of Bhutto's own statements regarding any fears for her life:

Aujourd’hui, alors qu’elle quittait une réunion électorale à Rawalpindi, la ravissante Benazir Bhutto a été lâchement assassinée par une hourde d’humains!!! sanguinaire.

Elle avait dit un jour :
“En ce moment, je ne pense pas à la mort, je rentre pour le peuple du Pakistan”

Mais aussi: “J’ai préparé ma famille et mes proches à toute éventualité”

Today, as she was leaving an electoral meeting in Rawalpindi, the ravishing Benazir Bhutto was cowardly assassinated by a human bloodthirsty horde!!!

She said one day: “At this time, I do not think of death, I am returning for the people of Pakistan.”

But also: “I have prepared my family and friends for any eventuality.”

This post was edited from its original version to incorporate excerpts from English language blogs.

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