Monday, October 10, 2005

JUAN COLE has some advice for Pres. Bush on how to respond to the earthquake that killed tens of thousands, mostly in Pakistan:

The Bush administration should move quickly and visibly to get aid to the survivors (40,000 are wounded). This is an opportunity finally to prove to the Pakistani public that the US is not a fair-weather friend. (The US has on several occasions since 1947 taken up an alliance of sorts with Pakistan, only to drop it when Pakistan was no longer needed. A lot of Pakistanis are worried that the US will do the same thing when the "war on terror" fades. Convincing them otherwise is key to defeating radical Muslim fundamentalism. [Emphasis mine.]

I very much doubt Bush will heed this advice. I don't think he really understands that anything other than violence is "key to defeating radical Muslim fundamentalism." I truly don't think he believes in any other approach.

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