May 30, 2002

THE WAGES OF SELF-DETERMINATION :

The Most Dangerous Place in the World (SALMAN RUSHDIE, May 30, 2002, NY Times)
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee of India, with his talk of a "decisive battle," clearly feels that direct military action, resulting in the reconquest of some if not all of the Kashmiri territory now under Pakistani control, is the only way of preventing attacks like the atrocity this month in which women and children were slaughtered at an Indian army base. Mr. Vajpayee knows that Indian rule is unpopular in the valley, that the Indian army looks to many Kashmiris like an army of occupation. But he will also have calculated that in the opinion of the international community, and also of many fearful, near-destitute Kashmiris, Pakistan's protracted sponsorship of terrorism has damaged its claims to moral legitimacy.

While we're hostile to the idea that every ethnic group on Earth is entitled to "self-determination", it's always enjoyable to see folks hoist on their own petard. Precisely what is the difference between British colonialism in India and Indian colonialism in Kashmir?

UPDATE : Here's some info on Kashmir

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 30, 2002 9:46 AM
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