I don't know all that much about geopolitics, other than what I watch on Fox News. But, it seems to me that the assassination of the former PM of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, is a clear demonstration of two things: a lot of the rest of the planet has not yet adopted the kind of freedom we have in America; and a lot of the time we take our freedoms for granted.
Let's face it, most of us walk around acting like we hit a triple, when in reality most of were born on third base. The peaceful transfer of power during our elections is one of the hallmarks and legacies of our founding fathers. Their wisdom and profound vision of a new type of government has truly rewritten the paradigm of human society. It's not always been perfect (slavery, a civil war, segregation) but it beats just about every other game in town so to speak. It's too bad circumstances have not allowed the rest of the world to follow suit.
What does this have to do with the Catholic trenches? Well, if nothing else, take a moment to pray in thanksgiving for our nation and our form of government, and for peace for the whole world.