Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani Leader ( June 21, 1953 - December 27, 2007 )

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Military dictatorship is born from the power of the gun, and so it undermines the concept of the rule of law and gives birth to a culture of might, a culture of weapons, violence and intolerance.~Benazir Bhutto

Power Culture Law

Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.~Benazir Bhutto

Peace Democracy Terrorism

I found that a whole series of people opposed me simply on the grounds that I was a woman. The clerics took to the mosque saying that Pakistan had thrown itself outside the Muslim world and the Muslim umar by voting for a woman, that a woman had usurped a man's place in the Islamic society.~Benazir Bhutto

Woman Man World

Whatever my aims and agendas were, I never asked for power.~Benazir Bhutto

Power Never Whatever

Extremism can flourish only in an environment where basic governmental social responsibility for the welfare of the people is neglected. Political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism.~Benazir Bhutto

Responsibility Political

A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.~Benazir Bhutto

Opportunity People

Right now, they feel they have lost their voice, and their miseries have increased since my departure.~Benazir Bhutto

Lost Voice Feel

Democracy needs support, and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies.~Benazir Bhutto

Best Support Government

The United Nations charter gives every nation the right to self defence, therefore when the American embassies were bombed it was a matter of time before the Americans responded by going for what they suspected were the causes of the attack.~Benazir Bhutto

Time Self American

I've never had a bank account in Switzerland since 1984. Why would the Swiss do this to me? Maybe the Swiss are trying to divert attention from the Holocaust gold scandal.~Benazir Bhutto

Gold Me Holocaust

I am constitutionally competent to contest the elections.~Benazir Bhutto

I Am Government Elections

The military wants a system that protects its policies and privileges.~Benazir Bhutto

Military System Wants

The political parties have unanimously rejected the one-man constitutional changes.~Benazir Bhutto

Changes Political Rejected

Given the right to a free ballot, the people would support my return.~Benazir Bhutto

Support People Free

The government I led gave ordinary people peace, security, dignity, and opportunity to progress.~Benazir Bhutto

Peace Progress Opportunity

As a woman leader, I thought I brought a different kind of leadership. I was interested in women's issues, in bringing down the population growth rate... as a woman, I entered politics with an additional dimension - that of a mother.~Benazir Bhutto

Mother Leadership Women

I was a very shy girl who led an insulated life; it was only when I came to Oxford, and to Harvard before that, that suddenly I saw the power of people. I didn't know such a power existed, I saw people criticising their own president; you couldn't do that in Pakistan - you'd be thrown in prison.~Benazir Bhutto

Life Power Girl

I seek to lead a democratic Pakistan which is free from the yoke of military dictatorship and that will cease to be a haven, the very petri dish of international terrorism.~Benazir Bhutto

Terrorism Free Military

In 1988, when democracy was restored, the military establishment was still very powerful. The extremist groups were still there. And when the aid and assistance to Pakistan was cut, we had to adopt harsh economic policies. So in a way, it showed that democracy doesn't pay, and the military was able to reassert itself.~Benazir Bhutto

Powerful Democracy Way

Pakistan's future viability, stability and security lie in empowering its people and building political institutions. My goal is to prove that the fundamental battle for the hearts and minds of a generation can be accomplished only under democracy.~Benazir Bhutto

Future Goal Battle

I have led an unusual life. I have buried a father killed at age 50 and two brothers killed in the prime of their lives. I raised my children as a single mother when my husband was arrested and held for eight years without a conviction - a hostage to my political career.~Benazir Bhutto

Mother Life Children

When the United States aligns with dictatorships and totalitarian regimes, it compromises the basic democratic principles of its foundation - namely, life, liberty and justice for all.~Benazir Bhutto

Life Justice Foundation

While living in America when I attended Harvard in the early 1970s, I saw for myself the awesome, almost miraculous, power of a people to change policy through democratic means.~Benazir Bhutto

Change Myself Power

America's greatest contribution to the world is its concept of democracy, its concept of freedom, freedom of action, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought.~Benazir Bhutto

Freedom Greatest World

Pakistan is heir to an intellectual tradition of which the illustrious exponent was the poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal. He saw the future course for Islamic societies in a synthesis between adherence to the faith and adjustment to the modern age.~Benazir Bhutto

Future Age Faith

The next few months are critical to Pakistan's future direction as a democratic state committed to promoting peace, fighting terrorism and working for social justice.~Benazir Bhutto

Future Peace Justice