Nothing new, Sy.

Seymour Hersh’s article in the New Yorker is flavour of the day today. He writes that the US has made a deal with Musharraf to go easy on the AQ Khan imbroglio in return for help in catching Bin Laden. The Acorn pointed this out a month ago.
Looks like the United States government had to renegotiate this new Faustian bargain since the earlier one (remember 9/11 and the “with us or with the terrorists” phone call) has become victim to Musharraf’s expert manoeuvre’s. Now that the nuclear black-marketers have been excused and Musharraf exonerated, he is bound to create a new crisis to delay catching bin Laden. But this is election year, and electoral calculations may get the better of the General this time round.

1 thought on “Nothing new, Sy.”

  1. I came across this site on a randomn search. A very diverse site indeed. India with its vast human and economic potential seems set to pull itself out of the clutches of poverty and degredation and into the sphere of the developed world. However I still note a strong pursuit of anti Pakistani rhetoric which is most often misguided and counter productive to India’s future ambitions. India continues to deny that there are any problems in the state of Kashmir which it occupies. It is a well known fact that an entire freedom struggle cannot be funded and supported by a foreign country for a such a long and extensive period unless a group or community genuinely desire independance; which in Kashmirs case certainly exists. In India, there is a large muslim minority which is well adjusted(with a few exceptions) into the social grid; however the same cannot be said of the muslims living in Indian Kashmir. India should work out the issue of Kashmir with Pakistan on amicable terms rather than by international arbitration which would prove disastrous for India (for which reason India has refused the UN call for a Plebiscite in Kashmir issued back in 1948) How long and at which cost economically and politically in the internation arena will they maintain this stand before realizing the detrimental effects of such a policy. By allowing Kashmir to cede to Pakistan (according to the Chenab river plan:which would leave Jammu with India upto the Chenab river and the vale of Kashmir, Kargil etc to Pakistan)would for India remove any further direct conflict and would force Pakistan into a more constructive and productive peace talk negotiations and full normalization of relations between the two nations and allow them both to improve their economies and benefit from their commonalities rather than focusing on their difference. Such a stance would dynamically change the face of Pakistani politics and definately see a change in military spending in Pakistan (which though much smaller than India’s; is however entirely aimed at neutralizing India’s abilities in the region) not to mention a change in attitudes and perception of 150 million people as to India’s intentions in the region. I sincerely believe that the ball is in India’s court to be the better person(or nation) and rectify the situation in a civilized manner rather than using brute military force of presence and suppresion in Kashmir; which will only serve to harden and increase support for an armed struggle for Independance which India cannot afford; not to mention India cannot afford to antagonize the large muslim minority distributed throughout the country, for if they dont act soon, it is widely believed, they may create a permanent enmity with Pakistan and be stuck in an endless cycle of confrontation as further generations harden their stance. India is in the position to learn from international examples and work for the common good. India needs to prove its civility and to learn when to cut its loses; especially when one is to consider any future admition of India into the permanent council of the United Nations; without any objections from Pakistan, that would certainly be a sure shot.

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