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|Robert Fulford: The Pakistan mess is worse than we thought|
|Topic Started: Mar 24 2012, 05:34 PM (61 Views)|
|shure||Mar 24 2012, 05:34 PM Post #1|
Robert Fulford: The Pakistan mess is worse than we thought
Mar 24, 2012 – 7:00 AM ET | Last Updated: Mar 23, 2012 4:20 PM ET
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images)
The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of Benazir Bhutto, wants us to know that he’s deeply disappointed because the world refuses to provide the help his country needs. He thinks Pakistan may drop to the status of a “failed state” if the world doesn’t send much more cash, and damn soon. “We have no money to arm the police or fund development, give jobs or revive the economy,” he says. “What are we supposed to do?”
Nothing, apparently. The implication is that there’s nothing Pakistan can do except wait for rich foreigners to save them. That’s the only thing that occurs to him. It’s clear that Zardari, though he apparently has a personal fortune of $1.4-billion, suffers from a chronic case of welfare dependency. Thomas Sowell and other Western theorists believe foreign aid does more harm than good. It paralyzes the recipients and makes them helpless. Like Zardari. Like Pakistan.
Zardari’s impassioned whine appears in Ahmed Rashid’s excellent new book, Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan, a melancholy report on Pakistan and its relations with its allies and sometime friends.
Rashid, a Pakistan-born, Cambridge-educated journalist, now living in Lahore, has bad news for all of us. Anyone who follows events in the region knows that Pakistan faces a mountain of problems. But Rashid’s account makes it sound far worse than most of us have ever dreamt.
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