Reconciliation (Magill's Literary Annual 2009)
According to her collaborator, Mark A. Siegel, Benazir Bhutto believed that two major world issues would dominate this millennium: the struggle between democracy and dictatorship and the struggle between moderation and extremism. Reconciliation, published after her death, explores these struggles from “a modern Muslim woman’s view.” It includes historical and contemporary perspectives that are critical to understanding the worldwide confrontation between Muslim extremists and the West.
Bhutto’s avowed purpose in returning home to Pakistan in 2007 was to further democracy and moderation in that country. She describes in detail her dramatic return to Karachi on October 18, after a self-imposed exile of eight years, to a tumultuous welcome by three million supporters. Their enthusiastic support reminded her of her emotional return to Pakistan in 1986, after two years abroad, when she assumed the leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Bhutto makes it clear that she understood the danger of returning to Pakistan. Her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the founder of the PPP and Pakistan’s first elected prime minister, had been executed in 1979 by General Zia-ul-Haq, the military dictator who deposed him. Many of the same forces that ended democracy and conspired to kill her father and two brothers were still in power, and General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s military dictator in 2007, warned that suicide squads threatened to assassinate...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2009)
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