Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Something Must be in India's Water

I must say that I am impressed with this seemingly new outlook taken by India. Following comments by U.S. State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher, that India should, in light of the massacre on 24 Hindu Pandits in Kashmir, resume dialogue with Pakistan, the External Affairs Ministry spokesman said in New Delhi: "If dialogue per se is more critical than combating international terrorism with all necessary means, then one can legitimately ask why both in Afghanistan and Iraq military action instead of dialogue has been resorted to," External Affairs Ministry spokesman told reporters. He was alluding to the remarks made by US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher in Washington that "violence will not solve Kashmir's problems. Dialogue remains a critical element in the normalization of relations between India and Pakistan." The MEA spokesman said: "We see the call for dialogue by the US State Department spokesman as inappropriate in the context of the heinous terrorist crime in J and K."

The full article can be seen here. I wrote about this hypocrisy when it initially occured following the beginning of U.S. strikes in Afghanistan. That article, entitled, Enduring Freedom or Infinite Justice?, can be found here.


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