October 1, 2004


Gains for India and Pakistan
(LA Times, September 30, 2004)

The hope that India and Pakistan might be able to produce a lasting cease-fire and avoid a fourth war — this one with nuclear weapons — grew stronger after their meeting at the United Nations last week. It's what the leaders of the two nations did not say that was most encouraging.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not talk about "cross-border terrorism," which translates to Pakistan allowing guerrillas to cross into the Indian state of Kashmir to murder anyone opposing Kashmir's independence or annexation to Pakistan. For his part, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf did not ask the U.N. to condemn human rights violations by India in Kashmir. Exchanges of charges and denunciations had become staples of meetings between top officials of the South Asian neighbors.

Both men — each of whom was born in what is now the other's country, such are the vicissitudes of South Asian history — later extended the surprising aura of good feeling, with Singh declaring Musharraf "a person with whom we can do business" and the Pakistani leader calling Singh "an extremely sincere man."

The welcome improvement in relations builds on the meeting of Singh's predecessor, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, with Musharraf last January. Vajpayee deserves credit for trying several times to launch a peace process...

...as do the President and Colin Powell who have used our improved relations with the two nations to push this but have not sought credit.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 1, 2004 1:50 PM

The Lame Street Media do not consider this part of the world as very civilized. Only Europe matters to them.

Talk about being racist!

Posted by: Oswald Booth Czolgosz at October 1, 2004 2:47 PM

Once Musharraf is murdered by the Islamist loony-tunes in his intelligence services, the Pakis will revert to their standard MO of sponsoring cross-border terror. Plus ca change, plus la meme chose.

Posted by: Bart at October 1, 2004 2:54 PM