5 Dec 2008

Calling all Pakistanis

I'm no admirer of Thomas Friedman, but he does have a way of dramatizing situations with simplified analogies. Whether its 'The World is Flat' or 'Calling all Pakistanis', as in this article.
After all, if 10 young Indians from a splinter wing of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party traveled by boat to Pakistan, shot up two hotels in Karachi and the central train station, killed at least 173 people, and then, for good measure, murdered the imam and his wife at a Saudi-financed mosque while they were cradling their 2-year-old son — purely because they were Sunni Muslims — where would we be today? The entire Muslim world would be aflame and in the streets.
Is this the reaction we're seeing from India today? Have we all gone back to being Buddhists?

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