Posts tagged ‘Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’

December 27, 2010

Garhi Khuda Bakhsh ka katba – by Nazir Qaiser

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December 27, 2010

Where in a white building lay all the parables of red – by Saria Benazir

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Moments too spiteful,
I gaze back three years,
I stumble on blood everywhere,
God! Ain’t it a nightmare,
I catch an austere glower,
Is that all fair?
Nothing sounds fine to ears,
Eyes show nothing, but tears,
I lost nothing, but my verve,
I don’t cleave to that nerve,
For in incidents is a giant camber,
Heaving a sigh here isn’t even plausible……

The crowds too massive,
But the fortune staring,
There stood a leader, too audacious,
For who had an unparalleled individuality,
For in every aspect of her personality,
There was no one in her similarity,
The sky that day was crimson,
So was the boulevard,
This in minutes was sluiced away,
To conceal that blood, too viciously…

The connive was ferocious,
They thought too malicious,
The one they snatched was too precious,
Her gallantry was too conspicuous,
It was a chronicle,
Aching every compassion,
My Benazir had denied every sumptuousness,
To put an end to the coercion,
The rule of the persecutors,
Who had executed her father,
And two young brothers….

The prompts are too throbbing,
Can’t watch the people ailing,
Who lost their redeemer,
Their only expectation,
Nothing else could cope,
The heart ceases to beat,
The expressions get trapped in the larynx,
For she is my fanaticism,
Today and forever…
The eyes desire to catch the scrutiny,
Of the dauntless Daughter of Destiny,
Loaded with flowers,
With a white scarf, hovering on her head,
She had been an icon of power,
An emblem of democracy,
Who was always prepared to defy tyranny,
Fight for her cause,
Not by bullets, but by ballet…..

I’d crave to hear the same words,
Which spoke to save Pakistan,
A land, in whose edifice was her father’s hand,
For she’d struggled a lot,
The words for it exist not,
Trying to portray her person,
That is not at all feasible,
To write, worth her exertions,
She’s my ideal,
My motivation…

I hear the voice of the bullets, too loud,
In her support was standing a huge crowd,
And the firmament, loaded with red, green and black,
It was a symbol of triumph,
Of an eternal victory for Benazir,
It was a scrutiny, too Benazir,
One, which I’d never, wondered of….
My heart thaws,
I hear her words filled with valor,
Yai Bazi Khoon Ki Bazi Hay,
Yai Bazi Tum Hi Haro Gay,
Har Gar Say Bhutto Niklay Ga,
Tum Kitnay Bhutto Maro Gay…

I hear the songs “Live Live Benazir”,
But was the time too ruthless,
She was the reason of my subsistence,
The realism was what my eyes couldn’t trust,
Or the empathy ready to recognize,
She had left us too soon,
She was taken so harshly,
Was the universe at a halt then,

For it lost its fascination,
The exquisiteness of the world,
Who was only Benazir…

I’d lost my gravel,
Lost my audacity,
My willpower,
My only anticipate…….
The heartrending instants,
That I’d never forget,
The journey from Islamabad,
To the soil of Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto,
Where in a white building,
Lay all the parables of red…..

To this day too,
Her assassins never goad to consider her dead,
She’s still alive,
And rules everyone’s compassion and psyche….
She’s today too, Saria’s brainwave,
Her mentor, her courage, her fervor,
For she lived all her life as a candle,
That glows itself & Gives light to others…..

December 27, 2010

malka mar gai, badshah zindabad: On PPP's transition from BB to Asif Zardari – by Qais Anwar

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December 27, 2010

Shaheed Benazir Bhutto: The Soul of PPP – by Aamir Hussaini

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After the Judicial murder of ZAB, it was BB who was the life force for the young idealist activists of PPP. For these activists, often referred to as jiyalas, ZAB was a myth while BB was the current life force of the party. For the next 30 years after ZAB, it was BB who defined and lead the PPP.

Her journey starts under arrest by the Zia regime. The latter did his best to malign the young workers of the PPP who lead the MRD movement under the leadership of BB and Nusrat Bhutto. Towards this end, Zia used the political immaturity of the late Murtaza Bhutto and enlisted the help of ex-IJT activist, Salimullah Tipu in the staged hijacking of Peshawar-bound PIA plane from Karachi. The aim of this tyrant was to portray all jiyalas as terrorist and therefore de-legitimize the MRD movement and he used IJT activists like Tipu to penetrate the PSF.

Only Benazir stood in his way and exposed the dirty tactics of Zia and his coterie by ensuring that the MRD remained about democracy, federation and the aspirations of the masses. It was her genius to de-link the PPP/PSF and MRD from the staged hijacking master minded by Zia and it was this genious that allowed the party of young idealists to thrive.

After the MRD, Zia knew that the only way he could continue to take a hostage nation along his dark and bigoted path was to unleash the forces of fanaticism and fascism. He did the former by promoting sectarian elements starting from Jhang, Punjab. In Sindh, he cobbled together the MQM from prominent ex-IJT activists like Altaf Hussain and Farooq Satter.

Benazir is often accused of compromising on the ideology of the PPP; that much of this criticism comes from discredited traitor uncles who betrayed her father to the gallows speaks volumes. However, Benazir was a creative follower of her father and knew when to differentiate between relative and essential parts of Bhuttoism.

She proved herself on the Afghan issue where we can laud her creativity and foresight. The Afghan policy that she wanted was to respect the formation of an elected government and to end foreign interference in the affairs of Afghanistan. Even then, she could see the destructive effects of the Saudi Jihadism and wanted to save the youth from it. Benazir supported the UN peace initiatives in Afghanistan and in that regard; she ensured that the PPP would differentiate itself from the policies of the establishment.

Rare individuals have the ability to feel the pulse of emerging movements. Unlike many others on the Left, Benazir knew that the end of the Cold War would change the world radically. It was this ability that distinguished her from the rest of the civil society elites and other extensions of the Deep State. Similarly, it also distinguished her from compromised leftists like Tariq Ali whose support for the Taliban, Hamas and Hizbullah highlight that his thinking is still stuck in the Cold War while his purse is fed by the successors of Khomeini. Her education, travel and above all, her uncompromised intellect allowed her to see that the end of the Cold War dictated that a fresh political and economic approach was required. Liberal democracy, regional trade agreements and soft borders were the main features of this changed world and Benazir knew that Pakistan had to accept and adopt these new realities. When Benazir expressed that Pakistan needed a new political and economic vision, she was victimized by the PPP deserters and constrained by the perennial establishment after the 1988 elections.

The Presidency, Ministry of Finance and Foreign policy were off limits to her. Her efforts to initiate a lasting and transparent peace with India raised howls of protest from the Deep State; in their eyes this made her a traitor!

Nonetheless, Benazir realized that for Pakistan to emerge as a progressive, modern, enlightened and developed country, it had to be gently extricated from the clutches of the Deep State. Throughout her life, she actively and passively resisted the “Jihadi” adventurism of the security establishment, for whom this policy was a holy doctrine that the “bloody civilians” dare not change!

However, for Benazir, the end of the Cold War signaled the end of the “Crush India”, “Thousand Years War” and “Islamic Bloc” way of thinking. For her, it was about trade policies that would benefit the masses and not just the chattering elites. This was her vision when she presented the concept of Common Wealth of South Asian countries. Today, events have vindicated her progressive vision for which she was often derided as Pro West and Anti-Pakistan.

In espousing her progressive cause, she engaged in a decades-long struggle to campaign for the rights of women and minorities and provided tickets to minority members. Inspite of all the constraints placed on her by the establishment, she did her best to promote liberal change within the society and guide the electorate towards moderation and away from religious bigotry and fanaticism. She promoted the liberal and progressive sections within her party and did away with intransigent policies that alienated potential allies.

While the rest of Pakistan’s urban chattering elites are somnolent and awash in conspiracy theories, Benazir could see that 9/11 highlighted the growing cancer of extremism within the Muslims. Those who eulogize Hitler, Mawdodi and Khomeini can never be for peace and progress and Benazir did her best to promote a social justice agenda and guide people away from religious bigotry. In that regard, one can only appreciate the slogan:

“Bhutto-ism is our Destination and Benazir is our Leader”

Time has proved her right!

December 27, 2010

Benazir Bhutto: A charismatic leader – by Hamza Ameer

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Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the first women leader of a Muslim nation in modern history, a woman who represented a family filled with brilliance and a nation leading ability, a family that reached out to the needs of the people as the (late) Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the father of Benazir Bhutto was the pioneer of the Pakistan People Party (PPP) with the slogan of “Food, Clothing and Housing”. December 27 marks 3rd death anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated on December 27 2007, in a terrorist attack when she was leaving Liaqaut Bagh, Rawalpindi, where she had addressed a PPP rally, two weeks before the scheduled general election of 2008. She was buried alongside her father in her native town Ghari Khuda Baksh in Sindh province. Millions of her family’s devotees gather in her native town carrying themselves in different caravans and trains from every part of the country to pay tribute to the unflinching leader of Pakistan at her grave.

Benazir Bhutto was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state and had the honor of being twice Prime Minister of the country (1988-1990 & 1993-1996).  Her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, ruled the country from 1971 until 1977. She was born in Karachi

on June 21, 1953. She attended the Lady Jennings Nursery School and Convent of Jesus and Mary in Karachi. After completing her early education in Pakistan, she pursued her higher education in the United States. From 1969 to 1973, she attended Radcliffe College at Harvard University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. Benazir Bhutto studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, during which time she completed additional courses in International Law and Diplomacy. After LMH she attended St Catherine’s College, Oxford and was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. These are the times that Benazir Bhutto declared to be the happiest years of her life as these were the times that formed the very basis of her belief in democracy. On June 2006, she received an Honorary LL.D degree from the University of Toronto. After LMH she attended St Catherine’s College, Oxford and Later she returned to Pakistan where her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had been elected prime minister.

Days after her arrival, the military seized power and her father was imprisoned. In 1979, he was hanged by the military government of General Zia-Ul-Haq. Benazir Bhutto herself was also arrested many times over the following years, and was detained for three years before being permitted to leave the country in 1984. She settled in London, but along with her two brothers, continued struggle against the military rule. Later that year, when her brother died in 1985, she returned to Pakistan in April 1986 for his burial. She was arrested for participating in an anti-government rally.

Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as Prime Minister for the first time in 1988 at the age of 35, but was removed from office 20 months later by the then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan on grounds of alleged corruption. In 1993 she was re-elected but was again removed in 1996 by President Farooq Leghari. She went into exile in Dubai in 1998. Asif Ali Zardari was released from prison in 2004 and rejoined his family in London. On October 18, 2007, in the face of death threats from radical Islamists, and the hostility of the government, Benazir Bhutto returned to her native country.

She was greeted by enthusiastic crowds. However, within hours of her arrival, her

motorcade was attacked by a suicide bomber in Karachi. She survived the assassination attempt, but over 100 party workers and citizens died in the attack.

Benazir Bhutto carried a charismatic personality and having the required education needed to understand and lead the country, she carried forward the policies of her father. Benazir Bhutto is still remembered in the minds and hearts of the people of Pakistan as one of the most appropriate and revolutionary leaders of all time.

Courtesy: Asia Despatch

December 27, 2010

It was the day, when my Benazir was snatched from the world -by Saria Benazir

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An daylight of December 27, 2007, I perceived the alteration in the shade of the blue _ Then, the world gives a vision of the mountains, stooping in veneration and in admiration of someone, later, all the gesticulates of the oceans stood tranquil_ The marvels were quite conspicuous, though, the day was bringing something too ruthless, yes, too hard to acknowledge _ It was all but a ghastly instant, as the timer touched 5 but Gosh! What is that all going…??? Yes!!! It was the day, when my Benazir was snatched from the world _ The world lost its Champion of Democracy _ and the people of Pakistan lost their anticipate _ and Saria lost her intact world, that laid with her. Those minutes of my existence are too horrific to evoke, but after too many days, my hands can’t discontinue to engrave about her, eyes can’t stop to squirt tears in her dearth, mentality can’t impede to imagine about her and of course, my statements and the planet remains curtailed without her.

The tone of Jeay Bhutto rang in every ear and engaged the ambiance. The prospect became crammed with the red, green and black pennons of the Pakistan Peoples Party and every flash held with it, an inimitable facet in the cosmos. The world, for that time, forgot everything to the heroism of the Daughter of Destiny Mohtarmah Benazir Bhutto_
Benazir, who was entirely Benazir in verve, Benazir in valor, Benazir in the final moments of her life as well. The ocean of support for Peoples Party and Benazir _ for the Bhutto bequest was too unfathomable enough to sink the whole world in it _ the world of democracy aficionados _ the world of peace and justice _ the world free from altercation, but democracy and reconciliation _ yes! The world free from starvation, scarcity and malady_ the world, free from redundancy _ the world of Benazir’s apparition_ Yes. A Benazir world!

My existence had taken a new twirl, when I witnessed my leader _ full of optimism and audacity -anticipate of accomplishing the delirium of her father and guts of fighting every encumbrance in her way .A sudden distress got me paralyzed, as soon as I heard the voice of pellets after such a gargantuan public support for Benazir and then, blood _ O No!!! Later, too shoddier a catastrophe .A tragedy _ the greatest adversity, had I ever observed _ My Benazir, who had lain down her life.

The day had brought with it, lots of anguishes _ torments for democracy , for humanity, for impartiality, for true depiction of Pakistan and Islam, for Benazir was certainly, an incarnation of high virtues,.! The next instant, I do see the roads being freshened, hiding my Bibi’s blood and later, adding offense to the injuries, alteration in statements, about the reason of death……..The second day, even averring people accountable for the assassination and the other, considering themselves, extremely untainted beings .This was their realism, who even failed to grant security to the former Prime Minister of a state _ mercy on them and their disreputable misdemeanors.

My eyes do hold back to the bereavement _ yes! I see December 28, when I screech out my Benazir is alive _ Thereby, I see the soil of Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto, taking in itself , another Bhutto, who had been martyred _ Whose life had been grabbed in pursuit of providing Bread, Clothing and Shelter to the natives of her state _ I too, can’t rebuff this very remarkable moment _ Benazir was not buried under mud, but she laid in the divan of roses _ she rules the world _ yes! She rules the essence of her people, this day too from her grave.

Benazir-ism _ an everlasting rule _ an enduring inheritance! To this day, I see my favorite Benazir in President Asif Ali Zardari. When I look at Bilawal, Aseefa and Bakhtawar, my heart coerces me to acknowledge that Benazir Bhutto is at all times with me in their appearance, she’s always with us and directs us. Her phantasm is always with us and we can even peril our own lives to realize it.

Har gar say Bhutto niklay gaa,
Tum kitnay Bhutto maro gay…..

Zinda Hai Bibi, Zinda Hai…!

December 27, 2010

Benazir Bhutto shaheed ke liye – by Nazir Qaiser

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December 27, 2010

BB's Assassination: A Strategic Murder – by Hasan Mujtaba

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ڈاکٹر سکندر نیویارک میں ٹیکسی چلا رہے تھے جب ستائیس دسمبر سنہ دو ہزار سات کو پارک ایوینیو پر انہیں پاکستان سے ان کی بیٹی نے فون پر بتایا کہ بینظیر کو قتل کردیا گيا ہے۔ ڈاکٹر سکندر نے وہاں ٹیکسی کھڑی کی، وہ سکتے کے عالم میں آگۓ اور آنے والے چند دن انہہوں نے دل پر سٹریس کے مریض کے حیثیت سے ہسپتال میں گذارے۔

پاکستان اور پاکستان سے باہر ایسے لوگ ہزاروں اور لاکھوں میں ہونگے جن پر بینظیر بھٹو کے قتل کی سونامی جیسی خبر کی لہر گزر گئی تھی۔ بالکل ایسے جیسے استاد دامن نے فیض احمد فیض کی موت پر کہا تھا ’ساڈے اتے قیامتاں گذرگئياں نے۔‘

بینظیر بھٹو جنھیں جب ان کے دوستوں نے نیویارک میں کہا تھا کہ وہ پاکستان مت جائيں جہاں انکی زندگي کو سخت خطرہ ہے تو انہوں نے اسے مذاق میں ٹالتے ہوئے کہا تھا کہ ’نیویارک میں تیز رفتار ٹیکسی کے نیچے آکر بھی تو مرسکتی ہوں‘۔ انھوں نے ضیاء الحق کی موت پر کہا تھا ’خدا کا شکر ہے ہم میں سے بہت سوں کے سروں سے موت ٹل گئي‘۔

لیکن موت ٹلی نہیں۔

پاکستان کی دفاعی تجزیہ نگار ڈاکٹر عائشہ صدیقہ کا تجزیہ یہ ہے کہ ’بینظیر کا قتل سٹریٹجک قتل تھا‘

پندرہ اپریل دو ہزار دس کو نیویارک میں اقوام متحدہ کے ہیڈ کوارٹرز میں بینظیر بھٹو کے قتل کے حالات و حقائق جاننے کیلیے پاکستان کی موجودہ حکومت کی درخواست پر قائم کی جانیوالی کمشین کی رپورٹ پبلک کیے جانے والے دن یو این میں پاکستان کے مستقل سفیر حسین عبداللہ ہارون کو اقوم متحدہ میں پریس کانفرنس کرنا تھی۔

وہ پریس کانفرنس منٹوں اور گھنٹوں کے التوا کے بعد آخر کار ہمیشہ کیلیے ملتوی کردی گئي۔ یہ بھی ایک اتفاق تھا کہ جس دن اقوام متحدہ کی طرف سے بینظیر بھٹو کے قتل کے حالات و حقائق پر مبنی رپورٹ کا اعلان ہونا تھا اس دن پاکستانی فوج کے سربراہ جنرل اشفاق پرویز کیانی بھی امریکی دورے پر نیویارک میں موجود تھے۔

بینظیر بھٹو کمیشن جسکے سربراہ چلی کے ہیرالڈو منوز تھے جو نہ صرف چلی کے سابق سینیئر سفارتکار تھے بلکہ گیار ستمبر انیس سو تہتر کو فوجی آمر اگسٹو پنوشے کے ہاتھوں منتخب حکومت کا تختہ الٹنے کے وقت ہلاک ہونیوالے صدر سلواڈور آلیندے کے قریبی ساتھی کے طور وہ انکے ساتھ کام بھی کرچکے تھے۔

چلی اور پاکستان جیسے ایک ہی قسمت والے دیسوں میں کتنی مماثلت ہے اور اسی لیے شاید لاس ایجنلیس ٹائمز نے سابق فوجی آمر جنرل پرویز مشرف کو اپنے ایک اداریے میں پاکستان کا پنوشے قرار دیا تھا۔ اور دونوں آمروں نے انسانی حقوق کی خلاف ورزیوں سمیت ایک جسی خوش قسمتی اور پروٹوکول پایا۔

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December 2, 2010

Movie reviews: 'Bhutto'

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Opens on Friday in New York and Los Angeles.

Bhutto – Trailer

Directed by Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara; written by Mr. O’Hara; music by Mader, Herb Graham Jr., Stewart Copeland and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari; produced by Mr. Baughman, Mark Siegel and Arleen Sorkin; released by First Run Features. Running time: 1 hour 51 minutes.

“An informed and informative documentary that acts as a quick primer for nearly 40 years of Pakistani history and presents an incredible, and incredibly complex, story of a unique political figure.” FSR

The documentary ‘Bhutto’ looks at the tragic life of Benazir Bhutto, her family and the political history of Pakistan.

“The events surrounding Benazir Bhutto‘s life play out like some particularly lurid, R-rated action flick. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the charismatic father and Pakistani prime minister, is overthrown by a rival, jailed and executed (the rival, Gen. Zia Ul Haq, later dies in a mysterious plane explosion). One of Benazir’s brothers is poisoned, killer unknown. Another brother is murdered in a confrontation with police, allegedly without provocation. Bhutto’s husband is accused of corruption, jailed for years, but never convicted of any crime. Bhutto herself is in and out of jail, in and out of exile, serves two terms as her country’s prime minister, and is finally assassinated in 2007, assailant unclear.” Miller-McCune

“Benazir Bhutto had a life that makes fiction pale by comparison. When writer Tariq Ali says, characterizing the tale of her charismatic but cursed family, “the whole story has strong elements of a Greek tragedy,” he is not telling the half of it.

As “Bhutto,” the thorough and involving documentary on her life conveys, Benazir was a formidable personality all by herself. The first woman to head a Muslim state, twice Pakistan’s prime minister, assassinated Dec. 27, 2007, when she returned from exile to try for a third term, Benazir was rarely less than remarkable.

Though “Bhutto” doesn’t shy away from the controversies surrounding its subject, it is very much on Benazir’s side. Directors Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara have gotten on-camera cooperation from Benazir’s sister, her three children and her widower, Pakistan’s current President Asif Ali Zardari.

Plus the film made extensive use of audiotapes, never before aired publicly, that journalist Linda Bird Francke made with Benazir while working with her on her autobiography, “Daughter of Destiny.”

Yet “Bhutto” also takes pains to include an interview with Benazir’s niece Fatima, the daughter of her murdered brother Murtaza and a woman who offers a withering critique of her assassinated aunt. She has also accused widower Zardari, who had the nickname of “Mr. Ten Percent” because of alleged corruption during his wife’s first term, of continued dishonesty and worse.

While getting to the bottom of these disputes is not in the cards for “Bhutto,” what this film does best is offer a crash course in the ultra-turbulent history of Pakistan, the second-largest Muslim country in the world and with a reported nuclear arsenal of 80 to 100 weapons.

Benazir’s father was a major player in that history, memorably physically tearing up an agreement with India during a U.N. debate. When President Kennedy told Zulfikar he’d place him in his cabinet if he were an American, the Pakistani leader responded, “If I was an American, I would be in your place.”

When Benazir was born, her parents went into mourning because she was not a boy. Benazir overcame this obstacle, the first of many, and became so adept at politics and so close to her father, who founded the Pakistan Peoples Party, that he defied tradition and named her his political heir.

Her extensive involvement in government meant that Benazir had little time for a personal life, so she took the unusual step of being part of an arranged marriage because remaining a single woman would have hampered her political career.

“Bhutto” says the union blossomed into a love match and the sadness Zardari demonstrates in his interview segments is an emotion that all viewers of this look at Benazir’s tragic life will share.”Los Angles Times

“Bhutto,” a documentary about Benazir Bhutto, the two-time prime minister of Pakistan who was killed while campaigning in 2007, packs an impressive amount of information about Bhutto, her family and Pakistani history into its 111 minutes. If nothing else, the directors, Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara, deserve praise for devoting this kind of attention to a foreign leader and to the internal politics of another country (as opposed to how those politics affect the United States).

The film’s style can make the acquisition of all that data a slightly exhausting experience. Mr. Baughman is a political consultant who owns a direct-mail marketing company, and it feels as if the techniques of his day job are at work in “Bhutto.” Explanatory graphics and titles move by a little too quickly, and the film never stops talking: the voices of interview subjects, newscasts and Bhutto herself are woven into a nearly nonstop audioscape.

The emotions that “Bhutto” arouses — admiration, anger, sorrow — are blunted by a perhaps inevitable frustration. While the film gives us a strong sense of Bhutto’s personality and strength, largely through interviews with her Western friends and colleagues, it can only suggest the daily family and political machinations that were her reality, and it leaves us with no clear sense of the truth of the corruption charges that dogged her.”New York Times