yes news of Bhutto's recent assassination has intrigued me as had other deaths and conspiracies theories in the past. i recall the feeling i had as i went through a clear footage of President Kennedy's assassination on youtube not too long ago. i had wished i was alive at that point and followed news of his assassination as diligently as i do now of Bhutto's.
deaths have always fascinated me, especially those of celebrities. i can't recall exactly when this strange interest began or developed. perhaps the deaths of my close relatives in the last 5 years or so fed this obsession. i was always eager to find out the details of events leading to their deaths. whether there were any preceding premonitions or strange behaviors that will make one go "no wonder" later on. they say there are always the early telling signs. some have also claimed that the deceased actually has an inkling that he will pass on but is unable to communicate this feeling to anyone else. and this often caused the previously mentioned signs to rise.
celebrities' deaths are more engrossing because they often generate compelling conspiracy theories. like did he really kill himself? was he involved in an accident? is this a cover up? is he still alive today? conspiracy theorists thrive on any inconsistency in the official records and from there built on their case until they are satisfied with the findings. perhaps we buy into conspiracy theories because we can't believe the vulnerability of our idols. that they are subjected to forces beyond their control as much as we are. that it can happen to every other human being but it couldn't have happened to him. he couldn't have just died from a road accident. there must be something else to it.
i purchased kurt cobain's biography a little while back precisely because his death spawned a number of interesting conspiracy theories. there are those who are committed to the belief that his wife had a role to play in his 'murder'. others merely accepted the mainstream version which suggested that he died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound. The unfortunate demise of important people like princess diana, john kennedy and robert kennedy elicited similar conspiracy theories. Until today, for example, we have no clue whether Sirhan Sirhan was the lone gunman who killed robert kennedy that night or whether there was really another shooter involved.
Bhutto's assassination prompted me to find out more about her. why was this woman hated and her life threatened a couple of times? why are opinions so divided on her? i watched the news and clips of her past interviews with the press and i see a woman who is not only intelligent and brave but also one who really wanted to change the fate of her country. her charisma was undeniable. she was able to answer any questions thrown at her with such poise and wit. everything she said sounded accurate and convincing.
but perhaps that is characteristic of most politicians. their ability to cunningly deceive us. media is after all one of the many channels politicians employ to manipulate our malleable minds. certainly bhutto had used this means effectively to engender the views i had of her earlier. the fact remains that honest politicians are rare to find. what we have is usually a power-hungry, corrupt and devious leader who care more about his personal supremacy than he does about the people. bhutto, for one, was twice removed from power due to corruption charges despite there never being any conclusive evidence.
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."
while conspiracy surrounding Bhutto's assassination takes the form of a possible government cover up, i was more curious to know about the life of this interesting female leader who became prime minister twice in an Islamic country averse to (theoretically at least) female superiority. her life behind the political scene was a remarkable discovery. through a couple of articles that provided brief insight into her life, i managed to picture how different bhutto was as an individual, mother and wife.
but what struck me most was her extreme bravery. despite knowing her life was in danger, she persevered with her campaigns and rallies. an attack was launched against her as soon she arrived in Pakistan but it never deterred her from carrying out her political agenda. ordinary people, i believe, would have preferred to remain in the comfort of their house until tight security is put into place to ensure their safety. her courage to go out that day and address her supporters and, as if that's not enough, rise through her car's sunroof to wave to the crowd is truly awe-inspiring.
whatever her intention in returning to Pakistan, be it power and money or the sincere desire to help her country, no one deserves to die in such a tragic manner. in fact it would have been interesting to watch if her third try at premiership would be any different from the last two. if it was really her way of redeeming her past failures.