Sunday, February 29, 2004

It happens, occassionally

I am as shocked as you are, but I just read a great Op-ed in the NY Times. Thomas Friedman occasionally comes out with a well-reasoned op-ed that has a terrific point. In this op-ed, 30 Little Turtles, Friedman defends globalization. His essential point is that by outsourcing low-wage, call-center jobs to countries like India and Pakistan, we are improving the world.

His best example is when he goes through the comments of several of the Indians in this training center. They want to be entrepenuers, they are learning self-confidence and independence. They admire Bill Gates. And Then he writes:

I was in Ramallah, on the West Bank, talking to three young Palestinian men, also in their 20's, one of whom was studying engineering. Their hero was Yasir Arafat. They talked about having no hope, no jobs and no dignity, and they each nodded when one of them said they were all "suicide bombers in waiting."

Friedman's ultimate point is that through allowing globalization and a free market (my words, not his), " we make not only a more prosperous world, but a safer world for our own 20-year-olds. "

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