Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad By Fareed Zakaria (W.W. Norton, 286 pp., $24.95) I. Midway through Fareed Zakaria’s attack on democracy, one realizes that his animus toward popular government is not only theoretical but also personal, and in some ways it is even quite understandable.
Few Americans have heard of Abdul Qadeer Khan, but in Pakistan he is a household name, a national hero of Elvis proportions. A street in Islamabad bears his name. His image appears on the back of brightly painted trucks. Schoolchildren and retirees alike sing his praises. No, Khan is not a cricket player or a movie star or even a politician. He is a nuclear scientist: the father of Pakistan's bomb. South Asia's war clouds may be dissipating, but Khan's glory is not only intact; it's stronger than ever.
Tax free TO THE EDITORS: I read Peter Beinart’s TRB on Billy Tauzin with great interest because I too have been following his political career (“Accounting,” February 11). I remember a piece on ABC about overseas tax havens and a particular seminar that was offered to anyone interested in evading U.S. tax laws. To my surprise, Tauzin was one of those speaking at the seminar on how to evade taxes. Beinart’s call for Tauzin’s resignation was right on track. Here is a U.S. representative teaching the wealthy how to evade taxes.