Thursday, March 17, 2005

ASSESSMENT: Implicating India

To get Osama Bin Laden, the US expects us to take unreasonable risks in J and K..India is in some manner of trap on the Pak-J and K question. By claiming that it has worked for and achieved a degree of peace with Pakistan, pointing to the CBMs, cricket diplomacy, and so on, it has undercut its own military position in J and K. The US argument, Rice’s argument, is that with so much of achieved peace, it is counterproductive to deploy in such strength in J and K. India, on the other hand, does not trust Pakistan, fears misadventures like the Kargil War, would prefer the present J and K troops strength to continue, but is compromised by its own propaganda. To sex up this cross-border, troops-reduction deal, the US side is linking it up to its long-term goal of cutting down Pakistan army strength by at least two lakh troops...............More