July 16, 2005


PM to talk tough on terror (MOHUA CHATTERJEE, JULY 14, 2005, Times of India)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is going to talk tough on the terror issue with the Bush administration during his US trip. He will point out to the US top brass that Pakistan is yet to dismantle militant infrastructure and this can hamper the peace talks between the two neibhours.

Having recently suffered a setback on its hopes for a UN Security Council seat, with the US closing the count of the number of seats, India has decided to mount pressure on the US by using the peace-with-Pakistan card.

The Prime Minister will also take the strategic partnership with the US on defence ties — which was worked on by defence minister Pranab Mukherjee during his recent trip to the US — ahead.

Though the Left component of the UPA government is opposed to this move, the Opposition BJP leadership fully supports the PM on this issue.

...but what we're allied against.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 16, 2005 4:38 PM

"...But the negative side of it is quite as noble as well as quite as strong. Men fight hardest when they feel that the foe is at once an old enemy and an eternal stranger, that his atmosphere is alien and antagonistic, as the French feel about the Prussian or the Eastern Christians about the Turk. If we say it is a difference of religion, people will drift into dreary bickerings about sects and dogmas. We will pity them and say it is a difference about death and daylight; a difference that does really come like a dark shadow between our eyes and the day. Men can think of this difference even at the point of death; for it is a difference about the meaning of life."

"Men are moved in these things by something far higher and holier than policy; by hatred. When men hung on in the darkest days of the Great War, suffering either in their bodies or in their souls for those they loved, they were long past caring about details of diplomatic objects as motives for their refusal to surrender. Of myself and those I knew best I can answer for the vision that made surrender impossible. It was the vision of the German Emperor's face as he rode into Paris. This is not the sentiment which some of my idealistic friends describe as Love. I am quite content to call it hatred; the hatred of hell and all its works, and to agree that as they do not believe in hell they need not believe in hatred. But in the face of this prevalent prejudice, this long introduction has been unfortunately necessary, to ensure an understanding of what is meant by a religious war. There is a religious war when two worlds meet; that is when two visions of the world meet; or in more modern language when two moral atmospheres meet. What is the one man's breath is the other man's poison; and it is vain to talk of giving a pestilence a place in the sun."--Chesterton

Posted by: Noel at July 16, 2005 5:49 PM