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Benazir Bhutto

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. -- CNN



In The Canadian Press:


Nawaz Sharif, another former prime minister and leader of a rival opposition party, rushed to the hospital and addressed the crowd.

"Benazir Bhutto was also my sister, and I will be with you to take the revenge for her death," Sharif said. "Don't feel alone. I am with you. We will take the revenge on the rulers."

Senator Babar Awan, Bhutto's lawyer, said, "The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred."


I'm aware that hyperbole is common and almost necessary for any decent speech, but for some reason, I keep stopping at martyred and feeling deeply, deeply nervous. "Shining light", "tragedy", "assassination", "expired", "murdered", strong words, but not quite as loaded with history and power, with edges of religious fevor spliced with promises of revenge, not on the perpetrators (general), but the rulers, specific.

People kill for ideas all the time, but they'll damn well thrown themselves on top of bombs for the concept of a martyr.

Also odd change in that wording on those depending on source. Hmm.

ETA: Forgot. Clear explanation of context by miss_porcupine and serabut here and ileliberte here.
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