I didn't know what it meant for a long time and even when I did find the true meaning of it, I was away from my country for so long and left at such early age that I didn't really feel "patriotism".
Benazir Bhutto was a patriot, to its truest meaning. She, knowing that her life was in danger, went back to her home country and died where she was born. When she was asked why, she said that it was her calling.
Quite incredible, I think.
My generation has been hearing rhetoric of love for the mother land and how this one specific goof ball or another was going to fix what is wrong with Iran. So many losers pop up in the Iranian televisions across the world and dish out nothing but bull shit.
There was even one plan promising 52 planes landing at Mehrabad Airport, all at the same time. These planes were to bring thousands of Iranians back home to change the regime and fix what ailed Iran. This is the airport that cannot handle 4 planes at the same time.
So many call themselves patriots and make promises to lead Iran. Bhutto showed how you take steps to lead your motherland.
It was an amazing feat for one woman, born into politics, lived by her word and at the end died for the cause.
Today I wish to be like her, when I grow up. I am in awe thinking what she stood for, how she lived, what she sacrificed and how she died.
During the so called "revolution" or days leading to it, I sang songs of what I would do for my country. I read and even distributed tear jerking fliers of how to set the country free. I knew of those who died in prisons and in torture chambers of SAVAK with CIA blessings, but I never felt what it was like to love your country so much.
She will be remembered as a lover of her mother land and a dedicated patriot. Without a doubt, she was a unique human being.
I don't know nor can I even guess what will happen in Pakistan. But if the country falls to Muslim extremists, what then? What would the US do? Perhaps attack Syria or some other country, which has absolutely nothing to do with Pakistan.
All you bleeding heart Iranians who still drawing from those huge bank accounts started by money you brought from Iran, this is Patriotism. Just remember, she was only a quarter Iranian and she was that brave. All you, self acclaimed full-blooded Iranians, get out of your studios and hill-top homes in Malibu and show some guts.