October 31, 2005


Bombers fail to derail talks as leaders seal border peace deal (Catherine Philp, 10/31/05, Times of London)

INDIA reached an unprecedented agreement with Pakistan to open their heavily militarised border in Kashmir yesterday just hours after a deadly series of bombs rocked the Indian capital in an apparent attempt to derail the peace process between the rival nations.

The move came in clear defiance of the attackers, who most analysts believe were attempting to scupper warming relations between the countries in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Kashmir two weeks ago.

And so Spain retains the "distinction" of being the only place where bombing helped the Islamicists.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2005 7:04 AM

the spanish always long for a strong whip hand.

Posted by: frank o. at October 31, 2005 10:16 AM

Wouldn't the Phillipines belong to this same category?

Posted by: Kirk Parker at October 31, 2005 12:11 PM

The Philipines is more properly thought of as a failed state where terrorists can thrive, kind of like Somalia or Sudan. It's true they did withdraw troops from Iraq, but to my mind the withdrawl of Spain is a much more signifigant event. If the Clippers lose is that really news ?

Posted by: anon at October 31, 2005 12:23 PM

Thge Philippines is a functioning democracy with a few islands that are a problem and should be cut loose, but their war is there and we're helping them.


Posted by: oj at October 31, 2005 12:42 PM

Two out of three isn't bad. Maybe they are a "functioning democracy" but they aren't a functioning democracy.

Posted by: Fernando Marcos at October 31, 2005 1:50 PM

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Posted by: Fernando Marcos at October 31, 2005 1:55 PM

Replacing a corrupt President doesn't make you a banana republic, ask Gerald Ford.

Posted by: oj at October 31, 2005 3:58 PM

don't talk to me about replacing corrupt presidents, Immelda still won't let me sleep in the house.

anyway, while you might dismiss me out of hand, Wrethcard is in a different league altogether.

Posted by: Fernando Marcos at October 31, 2005 6:45 PM