Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dealing with Pakistan

'[Indian] Military involvement [in Afghanistan] would not only be considered unwelcome by Pakistan but it would also be exploited by them in a counter-productive way,' he said.

Senior Indian officials say the killing of 58 people in a suicide bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, the Afghan capital, last year was intended by Pakistan's military establishment as a warning to New Delhi not to deepen involvement in Afghanistan. Pakistan has denied any responsibility for the bombing....

Pakistan’s sensitivity over Afghanistan has roots in its view of Afghanistan as an area its forces could retreat.
|New Delhi seeks to bolster Afghan role - Financial Times|

In my view, the Bush administration was far too deferential to Pakistan and we should ally with India (the world's largest democracy) to try and contain (not necessarily destroy -- but contain) Islamist extremists who base themselves in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Now that they're gone I can discuss my disagreements with the Bush administration in a less enraged state of mind...

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