Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Via National Review, Maneeza Hossain writes about A Muslim Democracy in Peril

Bangladesh has all the elements necessary to succeed as a secular Muslim democracy; but it also has enough poverty, frustration, and disillusionment to make a state-failure a real possibility. The West would do well to help ensure that elections in Bangladesh are fair and open. The alternative is dire, both for Bangladesh and for the world.

While we agree with the sentiments expressed here, we must note that "The West" is both very far away and rather preoccupied. Bangladesh should, instead, look to its immediate west -- to India -- for guidance on building a robust and sustainable democracy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely, and India would do well to support secular democrats in Bangladesh and to highlight Pakistan's involvement in supporting the Islamists instead.


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