International -- Readers Report
A Change for the Better in Pakistan (int'l edition)
The news of [the military coup on] Oct. 12 may have sent a chill through the world's capitals, but for most Pakistani nationals the event served to bring renewed signs of hope; a change to perhaps a better country ("The world's worst nuclear nightmare?" Asian Business, Oct. 25).
While it is understandable that a coup is not welcome as far as economic progress is concerned, and it is also a fact that Pakistan has been burdened with continual problems under military leadership, this time the situation may be different. Pakistanis are looking for change; they are tired of corrupt politicians and demand a government that will simply help the country and its people progress, even if that means a military government momentarily.
The support for General Pervaiz Musharaf's actions is evidenced by a currently peaceful country where no one has revolted. In fact, as reported in your article, people have shown open signs of rejoicing. In short, business is as usual. Moreover, the general's speeches and actions since the incident seem to have ignited the support of most Pakistanis. The event did not spark the unrest predicted. Neither does there seem to be any imminent threat of nuclear battle at the hands of a military with apparently "fundamentalist sympathies."
It is therefore surprising that other countries have taken such a negative stance as to suspend the country from the Commonwealth and not welcome the country's representatives at its meetings. Sure, democracy must be restored, but in a country where corruption at the hands of politicians has no bounds, the eventual is better later rather than sooner.
United Arab EmiratesReturn to top
Celebrate the Creation, Not the Division, of Wealth (int'l edition)
I admire your extensive article "Europe ten years later..." (Special Report, Nov. 8), but what a bad sign for Poland regarding the explorers of the new Europe. We have a photograph of the chairman of Nokia, whose company is building the wealth of its shareholders and making Finland famous, and the Polish politician with his beloved "Contract for Warsaw," aimed not at creating anything but lobbying for an unfair transfer of public funds to further develop the most privileged city in Poland.
Ten years ago, the entrepreneurs were making Poland wealthier. This is not true of the modern-type apparatchiks, even those with the proper anticommunist roots. The explorers, especially in the emerging countries, have to work for and create a stable, substantial growth simply to ensure development and wealth. We already have too many volunteers who claim themselves the best at dividing the cake.
Next time, please choose somebody who creates wealth, even if the person is not at the level of the chairman of Nokia. Don't choose a person who is the best only at dividing the profits; choose an entrepreneur, not a backseat politician.
Lodz, PolandReturn to top
Blindness Does Not Cripple Leadership Ability (int'l edition)
I am appalled at Michael Shari's references to Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid's blindness ("Wahid gets off to a flying start," Asian Business, Nov. 8). What does being blind (or any other physical disability) have to do with being able to govern? Wahid is highly respected by many Indonesians, and his choice as President was a thoughtful solution to a difficult problem. That he is blind has nothing to do with anything.
Fort Collins, Colo.Return to top