Reformist Muslim

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Pakistan Postpones F-16's Purchase

This may not seem like much, but I'm hopeful that it provides a precedent in terms of looking at defence spending more carefully in the future. With nuclear weapons already in place, Pakistan could afford to cut back on quite a large amount of millitary spending without sacrificing national security.

General Musharraf needs to realise that just like western governments may not be donating as much because they haven't seen the television pictures and that western tourists weren't affected he is guilty of the same thing. Every year, millions suffer as they are forced to live in inadequate conditions without access to clean water and healthcare provision let alone education.

However as the Pakistani media can not focus in on this in the same way that they have on the plight of the earthquake survivors, not much is done to make the life of the common man easier. It may be being naive, but perhaps the suffering of the Earthquake survivors will lead to future budgets cutting down millitary spending and on the whole being slightly more progressive.


Blogger Steve said...

lets hope so!

moreover, the opening of the borders in Kashmir is a good sign too. Perhaps peace between India and Pakistan will lead to smaller military budgets.

India still has China to worry about, but Pakistan should be good.

6:22 am, November 08, 2005  
Blogger reformist_muslim said...

Agree with you about the opening of borders - especially since it has gone ahead despite the terrorist attack in Delhi. If contrasted with the Parliamnet bombing a few years ago, progress has definitely been made.

10:08 am, November 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that the difference arises from the degree of mutability of one's culture (perceived and acceptable) given one is Muslim. Those who believe that their religion is their religion, not culture (hence open to modernisation and adaptation) would be 'Moderate'- those who perceive Islam as a cultural hidayat as well are more, well, fundamental (not necessarily as a pejorative).

What I am unhappy about is that this makes personal choice of culture open to judgement. Of course I would prefer Muslims to get over the veil-fixation but this reasoning makes many other people's cultural choices (especially deviation from the mean culture) as open to value judgement.

What do you think?

4:28 pm, November 21, 2005  

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