Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, has covered Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia for over 25 years.
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The levels of violence have gotten much worse and the types of violence that people do to one another—the kidnappings, the beheadings, the acid throwing, the executions, the throat slitting, the indiscriminate shooting of students in universities. The violence is linked to a continued intolerance of minorities. This is something we inherited from the twentieth century, with the purges of Stalin, the Holocaust of Hitler, the killings of Mao of the Chinese people.
A global ethic like tolerance of minorities of all kinds would be a very good thing to promote. I think the majority of people would like to accept it. I think very small minorities are carrying out intolerance. The question is: What are states and governments going to do with these minorities who are not accepting a broader tolerance?