Looking for "America" in the Strangest Places
Traveling around Pakistan is a challenge for an American nowadays. It's not the highways. It isn't even that our second vehicle was "armed to the teeth" as we weaved through traffic and up and down superhighways and dusty back roads.
The difficulty is the landscape itself, a land, at times, very American in appearance and yet strange and wondrous too. It was the similarities that scared us.
We were there as Americans for a series of lectures and meetings to discuss economics and regional politics at universities and "think tanks." Pakistan, a country of poverty and wealth, a nation threatened like no other was much like looking in a mirror, perhaps a mirror into America's future.
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