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What Khashoggi means for Americans everywhere? – Imran Jan

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Imran Jan |

A friend of mine once asked me why I wanted to become an American citizen. “The government that looks out for its citizens provides safety, and welfare would become mine too,” I explained. I grew up in Pakistan with this deeply-internalised concept — that could be a close clone of Adam Smith’s concept that our dinner doesn’t come from the benevolence of others — that the government wouldn’t rescue us out of any trouble.

Pakistanis watch out for themselves; save money for the rainy days, buy a generator to deal with the chronic load-shedding, iron the clothes while the electricity lasts, run the geyser while the gas supply is still available, buy food for ridiculous prices during Ramazan, and so forth. The first time I came to America, other than the cultural shock, I was shocked to see that people were not rushing to iron their clothes or fill the water tank. It was a strange idea to me that these little chores weren’t urgency-driven.

Over the years, these US ‘persons’ have gotten the rights that are much more than the rights of real human........

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