Eye on Pakistan

Ahmed Rashid and Fouad Ajami

Posted in Domestic Affairs, Foreign Affairs by onpakistan on May 29, 2009

Ahmed Rashid = Fouad Ajami ?

Compare Ahmed Rashid on “Pakistan on the Brink” in the New York Review of Books to Fouad Ajami on Pakistan’s Struggle for Modernity in the Wall Street Journal.

Ajami, lest we forget, was once described by Edward Said as “a man who was once a progressive supporter of the Palestinian struggle who has now converted to the far Right and has espoused Zionism and American imperialism without reservation.” (“Israel, Iraq and the US”, Counterpunch (19 October 2002)).

Yet they are not the same. Rashid wants only “money and weapons” from the United States, and nothing more. There is, he says, nothing more it can give. Ajami, on the other hand, criticises Obama for wanting to give only that. He wants the U.S. to “invest ” ideologically and rhetorically.

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  1. IZ said, on June 5, 2009 at 10:37 am

    By contrast, there is Pervex Hoodbhoy’s article where he rightly points out:

    ‘What can the United States, which is still the world’s preeminent power, do to turn the situation around? Amazingly little.’

    http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/features/whither-pakistan-five-year-forecast

    • onpakistan said, on June 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks, interesting article – he says a lot in it. I’ll comment on it soon.


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