THE QUESTION

New York State governor Eliot Spitzer admits he hired a prostitute. Should people care, and why?

Posted by David Ignatius and Fareed Zakaria on March 11, 2008 8:22 AM

FROM THE PANEL

Originally from Pakistan, Anwer Sher is based in Dubai and writes for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. His varied career experience includes banking, consulting, and real estate development. He has a Masters degree in International Relations.

Spitzer's Business is Not Our Business

Does being with a prostitute impair Spitzer’s ability to govern the State of New York? Probably not.

Posted by Anwer Sher Dubai, UAE | 14 COMMENTS
Mar 13, 2008 at 12:07 PM
Former Washington-based columnist for The Hong Kong Standard, The New York Sun, and Insight on the News, an online weekly published by The Washington Times. Covered economic and political relations between the United States and East Asia, with an emphasis on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Former chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists' Association. Currently a business executive at a Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong.

Spitzer's Spectacular Fall

For "Mr. Ethics," a former prostitution ring-busting state attorney general, to remain in office is simply too cynical and hypocritical.

Posted by Kin-ming Liu Hong Kong | 5 COMMENTS
Mar 12, 2008 at 9:30 AM
Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is the Consulting Editor of The Economic Times, India's largest financial daily. He writes a popular weekly column, titled Swaminomics in the Times of India. He spends roughly half the year in New Delhi and half in Washington D.C., where he is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and an occasional consultant to the World Bank. He has been the editor of India's two main financial dailies, The Economic Times (1992-94) and Financial Express (1988-90). He was also the India Correspondent of the British weekly, The Economist, for most of two decades between 1976 and 1998.

Spitzer's Behavior Shocking, But Personal

In a free society, sex between consenting adults should be their business and theirs alone. But that doesn't mean critics don't have the right to be shocked.

Posted by Swaminathan A. Aiyar New Delhi, India | 109 COMMENTS
Mar 11, 2008 at 6:29 PM
Bill Emmott is the former editor of The Economist magazine, a leading international current affairs publication from England. He is now an independent writer, speaker, and consultant on international affairs.

Spitzer, Hypocrite and Idiot, Must Resign

We do not expect our politicians to be saints. But when they are shown to be rank hypocrites, they are finished.

Posted by Bill Emmott Great Britain | 79 COMMENTS
Mar 11, 2008 at 12:33 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Hold Spitzer To His Own Standard

Spitzer used to hang CEOs out to dry for their alleged crimes before they were put on trial. We should now hold him to the same standard.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 12 COMMENTS
Mar 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM

READER RESPONSE

» Raymond T. Anderson | Prostitution is consenual, torture is not. Which one should be legalized? Before Spitzer resigns, Bush and Cheney should to to jail. Let's get our ...
» geoff | So he's buying consensual sex. Big deal. It should be legal, anyway. ...
» Liz | That's exactly the problem with this Spitzer thing! It's absolute hypocrisy on his part if he doesn't resign given his zealous prosecution of prostit...
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