Thursday, August 21, 2008
Blinkered in Singapore
There's a not-very-smart op-ed in the Financial Times by one Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Titled "The west is strategically wrong on Georgia," it trumpets that most of the world supports Russia against "the bullying west." That's not so smart if you're in a small, wealthy nation, like Singapore, that might one day be a target for absorption by its larger neighbors, like Malaysia and Indonesia. Also, Mahbubani mentions the West's "looming failures in Afghanistan and Iraq," which suggests that news from Iraq, at least, is taking a while to filter through Singapore's censored press.