January 13, 2004

The South Asian Model

Early days, to be sure, but Fareed Zakaria outlines how positive developments on the Indian-Pakistani front might prove a helpful model for the conflict-ridden, oft-ossified regimes of the Middle East:

"Musharraf has broken Pakistan's fall. And he realizes now that to modernize Pakistan he needs peace with India. But the country is proving hard to turn around; the rot has set in deep. And yet, as Shekhar Gupta, one of India's smartest pundits, has noted, peace will be a success only when Pakistan is a success.

Here is the lesson: To stop a country from encouraging conflict, place high costs on such behavior. But to truly change, that country must also see a positive future. This is what is lacking in the Middle East. Arab countries that fund and foment terrorism should know that the costs of doing so have risen. But they must also see a vision of prosperity -- and grasp it as India has. So far, too few Arabs believe they can master this globalized world."

Meanwhile, Dave Ignatius looks to the UAE for the model.

A (somewhat) random query.

Did you learn more from reading Zakaria and Ignatius in today's WaPo than, say, Krugman's regurgitation of O'Neill's clumsy and exaggerated Judas-act?

UPDATE: See Bush reaction to O'Neill's hyperbole here.

MORE: Still, I agree with Sully's critique of aspects of the Bush Administration's behavior related to this whole O'Neill affair.

Posted by Gregory at January 13, 2004 09:09 AM
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