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Supporters of Bhutto carry her coffin after her body is released from the hospital.
The TOTN staff woke to breaking news in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto was killed in an attack at a rally near Islamabad late last night (early this morning here), and it's thrown us into a whirl of planning for a news special in our first hour. Bhutto remained defiant in the face of threats as recently as October, when she was attacked at another rally — it's eerie to read her words in this op-ed soon after that attack.
I did not come this far in life to be intimidated by suicide bombers. There is a battle raging in Pakistan for the hearts and minds of a new generation. It is a battle for the future of Pakistan as a democratic nation.
The new generation will choose moderation or extremism; it will choose education or illiteracy; it will choose dictatorship or democracy; it will choose tolerance or bigotry; and it will choose peace or war. I returned to Pakistan this week to lead the fight for democracy. With the blood of my supporters on the streets and on our clothes, I reaffirm my commitment to these values.
More on the assassination in a few hours.