When a suicide bomb attack in October threatened her life, Benazir Bhutto blamed extremists opposed to democracy, as well as rogue elements within President Pervez Musharaf's government. She demanded an investigation, appealing for the government to seek international expertise in tracing those responsible for the blast that killed 130 people upon her return from exile abroad.
"The attack was on what I represent," Bhutto told the media the next day. "The attack was on democracy and the very unity and integrity of Pakistan. [Those who died] made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of democracy and the fundamental rights of the people of Pakistan."
And now the courageous Ms. Bhutto herself has made that ultimate sacrifice. It is truly a dark period for the Pakistani people and a tragic loss for the voices of reason and moderation. Ms. Bhutto's voice may be silenced, but her spirit and philosophy survive through her many supporters. They will need to raise their voices collectively, to help combat the forces of extremism threatening Pakistan and the region.