Malaysia's Mahathir on Terror's Causes

The former Prime Minister talks about where U.S. policy goes wrong, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Malaysia Inc., and more

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad retired in fall 2003 after serving for 22 years as Malaysia's Prime Minister. He spoke with Businessweek International Managing Editor Robert Dowling and Asia Correspondent Frederik Balfour in Beijing on the sidelines of the BusinessWeek CEO Conference on Nov. 10 and covered topics ranging from the role of moderate Muslims in the war against terror to the future of Malaysia's auto industry. Here are edited excerpts of that conversation:

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