I am deeply saddened and still trying to recover from the horrible news of the killings and frankly, more shocked about the “killings”, than the “assassination”. When I look at her eyes, those innocent eyes, it churns my heart as why should a beautiful creature like her be killed in cold blood. What has she done wrong? What did she say to deserve being killed? What was the justification for her death? Poor dear Tatiana. How come no leader of the world blamed Islamic terrorists to be responsible for your death?
We talk about the environment, global warming, and endangered creatures and species of our planet, yet, everyday we are witnessing how under the pretence of law, crimes are being committed by those who are in charge of enforcing their modem operandi in accordance to what is written and known as the law of the land.
I am deeply saddened about the two killings, although am only somewhat mellow for the assassination.
You might think I am talking about sadness for Benazir Bhutto, and I am not. Although I feel sorry for her decision, however that is not why I am saddened. Benazir’s life was shortened because she decided so. She decided to be a martyr for her cause. Her death became her mission. She died for what she believed in. Benazir became a hero in that part of the world which worships dead heroes.
You can not deny that up to two days ago she was just an opposition leader and a very few called her a “hero”. But now, she is dead and the title is changed to hero. You see, in the East, those heroes whom are not killed or assassinated most likely end up to be accused of corruption by passage of time. Benazir was no exception. She was accused of corruption as well. incomplete heroes end up in prison or die in exile. Quite rare to see that such person lives a normal life as a hero! Bhutto was aware of that, she was a career politician. That is why it makes it difficult to sit here and feel sorry for her, but one can certainly feel sorry for her children and wonder about their mission in life.
In Eastern philosophy of flirtation with politics (regardless of religion), it is much easier to become a hero if you are killed for your cause and your body is mutilated and gets torn to pieces. Upon which your metamorphosis to martyrdom is instantaneous. You can be a Jew, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Seek or Hindu, if you are in East that is the name of the game.
However, your acquired title as a hero is neither guaranteed nor eternal. It’s more of a privilege than a right, very much like your passport. Your martyrdom sometimes ends with a change of regime and you become a dead villain overnight. Books that have praised you get banned and burned, your tomb desecrated and your grave can get excavated and exhumed and your remains cremated along with burning tires and plastic buckets, depending on how drastic the regime change might be. Your former supporters will deny any association with you and your name will be removed from public places. May god bless your soul, because your body belongs to the mob!
It is a complex value system beyond the comprehension of an average non-espionage-minded Westerner. That is precisely why the western leaders, parrot-like take their turn and blame such assassination on “Islamic Terrorism”, without giving the proper credit to any real organization that truly exists and is not a fictitious creation of Pentagon. No Oscar, no Golden Globe award, nothing, not even a simple “thank you”, just Islamic Terrorism. What happened to the intellectual property rights?
Now, wait till the Middle East oil runs out in a few decades and by god and the holly mother of matrimony, all crimes committed from then on will be blamed on Vegetarian Buddhists. They will be the terrorists 50 years from now when our pensions will be paid by the Chinese government and China successfully clones one fucking replica of each and every one of us and sells it to us for half price and we think we’ve got a great deal! At the same time, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico will become world’s largest child laborer factory states, making fortune cookies for exportation to China.
Benazir was caught in the turmoil of so many hands interfering with both her mother's homeland (Iran) and her father's (Pakistan). She accepted death because she could not accept all the other deals offered to her, all the other commitments that she would have had to make to survive. That is the way things are in the Eastern world –if you want to engage in serious politics, you must be prepared and willing to give blood or draw blood?
But today I am saddened for the killing of another beautiful “female” creature of god that somehow her murder has been buried in the news. No demonstrations, no public unrest, no burning of cars. She was not a beauty from Pakistan, this one was from Siberia.
She had nothing to do with politics and she had no support from the State Department or secret deals with 10 Downing Street. She was an innocent, lonely, captive prisoner, far from her homeland and in her loneliness suffering without any hope for freedom.
I am saddened for the killing of the Siberian beauty, Tatiana. If you were moved by Benazir’s beauty, then take a look at Tatiana. Look at her innocence, her childish eyes, and her sad and lonely tragic life. Look at Tatiana, the beautiful, lovely little tiger, whom like those captives at the Guantanamo Bay had no one to guarantee a protection for her. San Francisco Zoo became her Guantanamo.
On Christmas Eve, 2007 a young boy Carlos Sousa Jr., 17 also lost his life trying to persuade the tiger to leave his friend alone. Tatiana turned to Carlos and killed him instead. It is yet to be investigated if the Tatiana was provoked. She had also attacked her trainer two years ago, but this time she was able to escape from her cage and attack three people. Tatiana was killed a few minutes after police arrived.
I am also saddened by my cognitive bias, because similar killing that I am referring to can also happen to an Afghan who has been captured a few years ago and is spending his life in captivity at the Guantanamo. One wrong move he dares to make and he can get killed. One wrong answer and he can be tortured. No privacy, no room for thinking, no chance to recover from nightmares of the prior day, or from the tortures of prior night, an endless horror in the hands of his captors.
With every sunrise, the well-fed, strong US soldiers torture the weak and sick captives in the name of Lord Jesus Christ, or is it the Geneva Convention or perhaps Homeland Security? All the same, they are duty bound to torture those “infidels” who have taken up arms against foreign enemies in their own land, in their mother land as they did against the former liberators, the Soviets! They are now in captivity in a land, foreign to both, the captor and the prisoner. No valid reasons as why they are kept in captivity thousands of miles from their home and away from their loved ones. Their destiny unknown, their life worthless, their belief system shattered and the Birth of Christ comes and goes year after year and no one on Earth gives a damn about these captives of foreign greed. It appears as if the entire world has “taken the fifth” and the pledge of silence, in order not to self-incriminate!
What would you have done if you were Tatiana, or if you were in Guantanamo? Wouldn’t you have done the same if your captors at Guantanomo Bay would have given you that opportunity? Would you have killed every one of them for kidnapping, abducting and bringing you from your homeland all the way to a foreign land trying to extract information out of you against your own people? Wouldn’t any American soldier done what Tatiana did, if he was imprisoned for life in a foreign land?
Tatiana died like a hero too, putting stop to a life of captivity in the hands of those that think plastic decorations will match one’s homeland and a Christmas tree means happiness to those who have no one in their lives. Tatiana was a symbol of all those in captivity that are being tortured in one way or another. Carlos was an innocent teen caught in the middle of the turmoil. He became a victim of consequences.
Tatiana would have made a great friend with those innocent Afghans who are being tortured day and night at Guantanamo, while the rest of us are celebrating the birth of Christ…… Oh what fun…!
Let’s hope the spirits of Benazir and Tatiana join in heaven and it certainly makes me feel a bit content that I do not believe in the reincarnation crap. Who wants to come back to this ghetto?
See Benazir here:
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