Thursday, April 28, 2005

Border troubles

Can a fence stop migration that easily? One doubts it. Desperate people want out and will look for greener pastures. They need to survive. The border security forces are jumpy. Innocent people are getting killed. The siuation is still in relative control, as this is not new. Nevertheless, it calls for cool heads and a look at the big future. It is exploitable for cheap political gestures.
Solution lies not in short term populist gestures to placate an "anxious" electorate but in getting the economy of Bangladesh, especially of the rural areas, to grow and provide jobs. That should be the medium term aim for both governments and the basis for cooperation.

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