To be honest, I don't know enough about former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to write anything long here. However, I do know that Bhutto was the first woman to lead an Islamic state, and I have always had a great deal of respect for powerful female leaders.
Last month, Bhutto wrote a piece for CNN.com, and I clicked to read it, not knowing anything about who she was or what she stood for. This article was written shortly after she returned to Pakistan from her self-imposed exile, and in the article, she wrote about how she felt, returning to her country after almost ten years. She wrote passionately, vowing to keep pushing for democracy in Pakistan, despite the many, many obstacles that stood in her way.
I admired Bhutto, as a writer, as a woman, and also as someone with power. She was smart, opinionated, and confident, all traits that I believe in strongly - this was a woman who made a difference in the world.
My prayers go out to Bhutto's family and loved ones, and all her supporters mourning her death in Pakistan and all over the world.