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Anwer Sher

Dubai, UAE

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. Close.

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Dubai, UAE

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Spitzer's Business is Not Our Business

So what if the Governor of New York hired a prostitute? Did he force her? Not pay her for the service? If so, then that might be an issue. Perhaps it’s illegal, but then how can you regulate the oldest profession in the world? I am against human trafficking, and forcing people against their will. But the question is not what he did – the real question is, because of who he is, should he have done it? Does being with a prostitute impair his ability to govern the State of New York? Probably not.

I do feel that intrusive press and intrusive minds really do not have any business in a person’s private life. There should be no moral issues, as she was an consenting prostitute, and he was a consenting adult. While this may seem too liberal, the point is that whether it is right or wrong in his personal scheme of life and family. That is a choice he has to make and live with its consequences. In a world where sensational press reports and coverage of celebrity lives is so over the top, there has to be a line drawn on what is a matter of public concern and what is not.

In the Middle East, there are many double standards on a number of things, and yet the issue of private and public life are never mixed. In this sense, the Middle East has something to be admired for: public figures are given latitude in their private lives. Would a public figure here admit to hiring a prostitute? Perhaps not, and certainly not because there is a need to do that in the public realm. One might argue that because democracy does not exist, there is no pressure on such leaders to admit anything, but that is a very naive view of the region. Personal freedoms are a matter of choice, though I would suspect a nagging wife in the Middle East would perhaps be tougher to handle than in the West.

Hilary Clinton 'forgave' Bill Clinton for his sojourns, or alleged sojourns. I doubt a wife here would be so accepting of such incidents that make life miserable at home and perhaps in the larger extended family. That explains why many affluent men here have two or three homes to sleep in. But on a serious note, this is not an earth-shattering issue and not really worthy of judging the public standing of a public figure. Too liberal? Perhaps, but then who said liberal views do not abound in the Middle East?

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