Saturday, June 01, 2002

V. D. Hanson


He makes a good case for ending US support of Musharraf. But, though I support democratic India over autocratic Pakistan in the current dispute over Kashmir, I feel the US needs to, at least for the time being, continue to support the current unelected Pakistani leadership. They have proven themselves to be allies in the War on Terror, at least the part of it that directly effects US interests. To turn our backs on them so quickly could result in a nightmare resurfacing in Afghanistan, and would do nothing to ease the current tensions which look increasing like they will end in open, possibly nuclear, warfare between India and Pakistan.

The Bush administration should offer some kind of peace plan, not in the unrealistic hope that it will actually bear fruit, but simply to stall for time. When Afghanistan has been sufficiently stabilized, we can then choose our democratic brothers in India over dictatorial Muslims in Pakistan.

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