Topic: "Wrong Again, Frodo"(3)
Every once in a while, Frodo learned, it is important to admit an error. Despite the reasonable assumption that Benazir Bhutto was nothing more than Ahmed Chalabi in a swirl of skirts and scarves, the truth is that she was, indeed, much more than what Frodo declared. Her assassination left a gaping hole in the political landscape of what is truly a tinder box among nations. Despite all her weaknesses and foibles, Ms. Bhutto was a symbol of non-totalitarianism in a part of the world where people are evidently simply trying to live lives as they see fit. Frodo overlooked that fact, and for that, he is truly embarrassed.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in purely historical terms, was a philanderer who made monumental mistakes. He accomplished very little, and he openly consorted with organized crime figures while serving as President. Despite all that, he inspired a generation to devote their energies in service to their country. His death championed an unparalleled surge in domestic legislation which the oldest democracy on Earth had failed to implement. He was, it seems, not much different from Benazir Bhutto; easily subject to criticism in practice, but inspirational in theory.
Frodo is ashamed of his cynicism. Perhaps the madness of the Incomparable Moron, and the incompetence of the puppetry in Iraq clouded his jaded eyes. In any event, Frodo laments the death, nay, the passing, of a courageous and inspirational leader. Pakistan, and all the world, is poorer tonight. Frodo hopes that from the loss there springs a consequence of greater value to the community of Man.