Fareed is taking your questions
March 6th, 2012
04:08 PM ET

Fareed is taking your questions

Do you have a burning question about what's going on in the world? From the U.S. presidential race to unrest in Syria, from China's rise to diplomacy with Iran, events are rocking the political, economic and social foundations of this planet.

Submit your questions in the comment thread below before 8am EST on Wednesday  and check back later in the week for Fareed Zakaria's video and text answers.

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  1. Mansoor Siddiqi

    Dear Fareed,
    I've always wondered if the purveyors of nuclear non-proliferation and pre-emptive action against Iran have successfully elicited a transparent and pro-active response from Israel on her nuclear capabilities. Let's not just depend on rational behavior in the face of provocation. Not much seems to have been heard about this since Mordechai Vanunu's disclosure in the late '80s. Does Mr Assange have any information?

    March 7, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply
  2. chris knowles

    Why has the United States not developed stronger relations with India? That country appears to be a better bet for continuing partnership and mutual benefits than Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or Israel.

    March 7, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
  3. Mansoor Siddiqi

    Meanwhile, the Republican campaign seems to be an Iran-Contra(ception) Affair!

    March 7, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
  4. Brandon

    Is China truly concerned about the welfare of its people and the sovereignty of its government, or are they weary to intervene because they want to keep their stance on non-intervention (much like the USA did pre-WWI) and do not want to become the global "police force" the USA is seen as?

    March 7, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
  5. Shawn Fitzgerald

    Does it appear that global violence and discord are at a historic high or is this perception skewed do to modern communications technologies?

    Many cycles seem to converge at this vector.

    Best Regards,
    Shawn Fitzgerald

    March 7, 2012 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • E. Daniel Ayres

      Research on over-population among all mamaian species seems to support an hypothesis that there are "density thresholds" beyond which a given species begins to react in abnormal ways including extreme agression and infanticide. I strongly suspect that the world's human population densities in cities cross the threshold and trigger abnormal irrational agressive tendencies.

      March 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  6. chuck palmer

    Is unplugging Iran from SWIFT the last option before military action

    March 7, 2012 at 8:09 am | Reply
  7. Mike Jones

    Has there been any time in history that a colony\satellite state has complete control over the parent country's foreign policy as Israeli does with US? you could include domestic policy affected with this relationship, but just wondering on foreign...

    March 7, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
  8. ghizlan zak

    why there is always this option that Israel will strike Iran why couldn't it the oposite and Iran strike Israel ?. we know also that Israel, India and others have nuclear power why it is forbiden for an Islamic country such as Iran to have this power too,? we also know that if Israel strike Iran it will be an Islamic case and all the other islamic countrues will be on action. wright ?

    March 7, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
  9. Ali

    Everyone knows that an American president has no way other than unqualified support for Israel strike on Iran before the election. Isn’t it a sign of weakness for American politics? How can the US be the world’s greatest power, and yet the US president has to make his decision on such an important issue based on the national interest of another country? The irony is that there appears to be an obvious conflict of interest between America and Israel on this issue.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
  10. Sandeep

    Dear Mr. Fareed,

    I'm asking this question,for I have seen the horrific videos of Syrian violence. Two boys were electrocuted,7500 people killed,and still the number is rising. Military officers are defecting. Homs turned in to hell. Unlike Libya,syrian people do not have weapons against the stronger military. They have been virtually suffocated. Aren't they Human beings?

    Still,the West isn't intervening,why? Isn't it a double standard policy. Whole world knows Russia has lost credibility,not to talk about communist china. I feel intervening is the only option we've gotta pursue.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
  11. Jonhy

    Dear M. Zakaria,
    as the emerging country (espacially the BRIC(S)) are developing and tend to reach the top the global hierarchy, I think that the issue of the leading model (which was asked by Francis Fukuyama in 1992) is even more crucial for the "Global Public Square". Do you believe that we are going to witness a "big convergence" (that is to say the extension of democracy and capitalism in the World through the same path, as authors like Fukuyama, Rostow, or French Alexandre Kateb suggest it) OR a "big divergence" (that is to say the polarization of the world between two different model of developement (the western one, and perhaps a chinese or BRIC one (state capitalisme?), as Ian Bremmer suggest it in The end of free market).
    I hope you will take time to answer, this question. Thanks

    March 7, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
  12. Tom S

    Looking ahead do you foresee a time when the Chinese leadership will face significant internal pressure to address labor and civil rights in their country? if so, what impact might this "Sino Spring" have on the world economy and balance of power?

    March 7, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
  13. N. Razzaq

    I consider you biased when it comes to Pakistan army. For example in you blog of March 14 "Time to get real on Afghanistan", Pakistan army created the problem of Taliban 3 decades ago. It is half true. What about CIA role. There are other plenty of blogs. On the other hand Pakistani soldier are being killed. Have you ever mentioned that? The cost country have to face due to Afghan war on human lives and financially. The hit on already fragile economy. Pak economy will never achieve it goals until this war stops. Since you never mention these facts, I consider you bieased.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  14. Macloow

    Fact: Israel Has Nukes.
    Fact: Iran doesn't have Nukes or even the capability to make a single one.
    Just want to know what the fuss is all about?
    To raise the price of gas. The price of Imported goods or this is a dirty ploy for the republicans electioneering! !

    March 7, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
  15. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Dear Mr. Zakaria:

    I must say that as one of your former countrymen from India, and a fellow American today, I remain one of your greatest admirers (hnestly I can write a mega thesis on you!) …….albeit for totally different reasons.

    Having said that, my question to you Mr. Zakaria is when will you come clean? that:

    a) You are an Islamic soldier who goes by the dictums of the Muslim Ummah and nothing else matters to you?

    b) You dislike (to put it mildly!) the Jewish state of Israel, or its supporters the US and the west and will stop at nothing to portray them in an unfavorable light while pretending to be even handed (with Israel) and an ardent patriot (of the US)?

    c) You will support any Muslim cause directed at all non-Muslims (incl. the Kashmir militancy in your former homeland India) or at best find REASONS for Muslim atrocities (incl. 9/11 when after expressing shock & anger you came up with a host of articles incl. “How America over-reacted to 9-11”, “Why they hate us”, etc.).

    I can provide numerous detailed examples from your writings/assertions on everyone of these!

    March 7, 2012 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      Dear Mr.Zakaria:

      Here are certain areas I believe are your greatest strengths!

      a) To comment on things that you know absolutely nothing about!
      (e.g.: Chavez’s Venezuela, or Castro’s Cuba).

      b) Selectively cherry-pick facts from reputed sources and twisting/distorting the truth and quoting from well known biased sources to suit your story!
      (e.g.: Your numerous references portraying Muslims as largely peaceful holding America responsible even for Al-Qaeda’s terror when you ASTOUNDINGLY CONCLUDED “The Danger comes NOT from them but from us” – ref. your story – “Reflections on 9/11 and its aftermath – Sep 9th 2011,
      c) Your innumerable flip-flops and turn-coat journalism designed just to suit the occasion or your agenda!
      (e.g. Your recent stories where you say once high oil prices are the reason for turmoil in ME and the exact opp. 2 days later, or your several assertions saying poverty is the root cause for Islamic terror, and then delinking that, or your assertions that MErn countries are not ready for democracy and praising dictators such as Mubarak and then saying the opposite, or your assertion that the US federal deficit is NOT all that bad citing examples of other countries that are worse off, and saying the exact opposite. Etc. There are just far too many such flip-flops to talk about.

      d) Paying credence to self-serving studies/opinions to portray yourself as all fair & balanced but with a hidden agenda, allowing yourself just enough room to wriggle out of any situation by saying those were not your words. Plz. remember if it appears on your column and you don’t refute or agree with the assertions therein, you own them!

      March 7, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
  16. M. Diamond

    Hi Fareed. Here's a simple question I often wish was asked to members of both parties: In a "typical" year, what percentage of the U.S. GDP do you believe the Federal Government should spend? (I use the work "typical" to avoid exraordinary events like the recent recession). It's a simple question that begs a simple answer.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  17. David Seduski

    Mr. Zakaria,

    What is the future of the U.S./Canada relationship? Obviously it would be nearly impossible for it to fall into disrepair due to proximity, the shared border, and the similarities in culture. But with the failure of the Keystone Pipeline, and the Canadian overtures to China to move the pipeline to the Pacific, is there any reason that the U.S. should be worried? What, if anything, should President Obama, or any future President do to in terms of economics, immigration, or defense with respect to Canada?


    March 7, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  18. Shakeel Safdar

    Mr. Zakaria,

    How much US paid & suffer for its blind support of Israel & the double standard with Muslims & why US not think & solve the root causes of terrorism & Why US always used the Power to solve it, US already spent the trillions of $ & thousands of lives on so called war against terrorism & still blindly support & backing up Israel & create unrest & problems in Muslim world, the incident of 9/11 happened mostly due to the US blind support of the horrific war crimes & state terrorism of Israel & the double standard & unjustice with Muslim world, the wars of Afghanistan & Iraq proved too useless & stupid & same the interference in Pakistan, Iran, Yemen etc. due to this the economy & people of US suffers & tired too much but US still backs Israel & ignore its own public & the image of US in world specially in Muslim world, can its not better for US to look & solve the main root causes of terrorism & unjustice & stops the use of force & the blind support of Israel

    March 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  19. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Dear Mr. Zakaria:

    Here are some more of my questions for you:

    a) When will you call for minorities to be given equal rights in Muslim countries just the way I as a Hindu and you as a Muslim enjoy in this great nation?

    b) When will you call on Saudi Arabia to allow building churches in their country even as they finance 55,000 sq.ft. “Mega Mosques” in places such as Murfeesboro, TN with barely 200 Muslim families, or the Cardoba Victory Mosque at the hallowed grounds of the WTC?

    c) When will you ask Muslims in America & India to call themselves Americans or Indians FIRST and LAST?

    d) When will you ask terrorist Hamas, Hezbollah to first recognize the right for the Jewish state to even exist before demanding land?

    e) When will you ask Palestinians NOT to indoctrinate their children with hatredness for the Jewish people so that they grow up as loving citizens, rather than gun wielding terrorists?

    f) When will you stop pretending that American Muslims are discriminated against even as none of the other minorities incl. Jews, Hindus, Buddhists etc. believe so?

    To be contd...

    March 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • bobalu

      The man is a reporter and an analysis, not an activist.

      March 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA

        Yes, he's an analyst. Where are his articles analyzing these issues?

        March 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  20. E. Daniel Ayres

    When are you going to take on the issue of Global Climate Change? It would seem to me that two billion in insurance losses attributed to the latest tornado outbreak at least a month earlier than "normal" for this type of thing along with the obvious rapid increases in this type of event should trigger world wide concern and help begin a process of mobilizing appropriate human responses.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  21. bobalu

    If the Arab spring brings about real democracies, how long before we see Islamic political movements self destruct like we are seeing with the Christian Right?

    March 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  22. bobalu

    What di you think will happen in Pakistan when the west pulls out of Afghanistan?

    March 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  23. Atif Husain

    What happens if Israel does attack Iran ? What will be the likely side-effects ?

    March 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  24. ghizlan zak

    Everyone knows that an American president has no way other than unqualified support for Israel strike on Iran before the election. Isn’t it a sign of weakness for American politics? but still the US president is calling for peace but Netanyahu is obiosly want war on Iran .How can the US be the world’s greatest power, and yet the US president has to make his decision on such an important issue based on the national interest of another country?

    March 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  25. Rosemary LaFollette

    A little late, however, my concern is about GMO food crops in the United States and in particular the incorporation of Agent Orange 2-4D herbicide in the seeds in the hopes of combating super weeds that other herbicide similarly used has helped to create. On top of this is the European ban on GMO crops while the U.S. goes merrily along on the enthusiasm train. I thought you might care to read the attached path's article: http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html Very disturbing stuff because humans are animals as much as pigs, cattle and chickens are. I don't think we should destroy ourselves in the name of enriching Monsanto and Dow with dangerous stuff that actually hasn't proven to be beneficial. This entire practice is rediculous. It would be good to have a comment.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  26. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    What will be the scenario once Iran gets its coveted nukes?

    If anybody wants to suggest that, Israel already has it should not matter is only dreaming!

    Mr. Zakaria already has said that refering to the US-USSR equilibrium.

    A nuke in the hands of any of these radical Islamic regimes including Pakistan (who have declared their nukes as THE ISLAMIC BOMB and that ts it's for the protection of the ENTIRE MUSLIM UMMAH) is like a sword dangling over the free world.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  27. Ed Kennedy

    Were Rush Limbaugh's remarks about Sandra Fluke slanderous? If yes, why is it that no one of sufficient power and financial might is taking Rush Limbaugh to court and hitting him in his pocketbook (where it might have him think-again before he speaks such slanderous remarks again on his radio show)?

    March 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  28. Shakira Shakira

    Why the Muslims in Saudi-Arabia don't want to see beautiful Women booths and legs? They never obeyed the entire written Qur'an book, anyways?

    I want shake my back in Mecca. I need Oil Money. Don't you think, I'm a I'm? Imam?

    March 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  29. Raj

    What is your view of the proposed "Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka" resolution in Geneva UNHRC led by the U.S.? What about India's apparent reluctance to support it?

    March 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
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