Pakistan stands now on the brink of being the next Afghanistan. The killing of Benazir Bhutto is now being seen as an opportunity by President Bush to include all of Pakistan in ‘covert operations’. Not just the Western Tribal areas. The CIA is already considering covert operations. The excuse will be that an ‘unstable nation that has nuclear capabilities, is under threat from Islamic fundamentalism’. It will take a lot of will and hard thinking from the Pakistani people to stop this and not allow their nation to become the next battle ground between terrorism and the US. And neither can India now stand by and watch. Nothing will be worse for us than an ‘Afghanistan or and Iraq like’ situation at our borders. It is time for us to change our strategy towards Pakistan ….
…. It is time for India to go out and actively extend our help to the people of Pakistan to move to a more stable democracy. It is time to forget the past and help Pakistan develop economically. For nothing that has happened in the past between our two countries will be as bad as what could happen if Pakistan becomes another Iraq.
President Bush’s advisor’s, in expanding their war in this part of the world are making it more and more difficult for the next President (and it seems that Obama will win) to extricate the US from this mess. Extending all across the Middle East right up to our borders. And a mess it will be :
A US controlled Pakistan lies on the borders of both China and India – who are threatening to undermine the US economic behemoth. Both the nations are vulnerable to fundamentalism – as it fairly easily crosses both borders. India especially. I cannot see China standing by and watching the US expanding it’s interests so close to it’s borders. (Just as I predicted months ago that Russia would not stand by the US putting their missiles in Poland).
A destabilized Pakistan threatens both China and India. And the President Bush’s advisor’s know that.