Will they battle terror or each other?

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The terror has passed, but the tension lives on.

A worrisome byproduct of the deadly 60-hour siege on Mumbai last week by Muslim terrorists is the increased friction it created between India and Pakistan -- two nations that, since 1947, have fought three major wars and numerous armed skirmishes.

Relations between the two are always uneasy, but when they get worse than normal, chances of yet another war rise sharply -- and because both are now armed with nuclear weapons, that's a particularly scary scenario for the rest of the world.

Usually tension between the two centers on Kashmir, a territory both claim. But the Muslim fanatics who killed at least 174 people and injured scores more in the attack on India's financial capital trained for and planned the jihad in Pakistan's tribal regions where al-Qaida and other Islamo-fascist groups hang out. The only surviving terrorist captured by India is a Pakistani who admitted this.

So it's understandable why India has been pointing the finger of blame at Pakistan, though it has been careful to say that it doesn't believe Pakistan's recently elected democratic government was behind the assault.

What India does blame the government for, however, is its lack of control over the tribal areas that harbor the terrorists.

The Bush administration has often made the same point, and in several instances has even given the green light for the U.S. military to launch cross-border raids on the rogue camps. The Pakistan government protests the raids, yet claims it also seeks to take out the camps. It lacks either the military clout or the will to do so.

At first, soon after the Mumbai siege was put down, India made noises about sending in its own troops to clean out the camps. Indian troops crossing into Pakistan would humiliate the Pakistani government, forcing it to defend its borders against an old foe or to be routed from power by Pakistani mobs -- causing mayhem and chaos throughout that part of the world.

India has backed off the cross-border threat, at least for now, but it is asking Pakistan to extradite 20 people suspected of being involved in terrorism directed against India.

The United States -- and the United Nations, too, for that matter -- should insist that Pakistan comply with the request and police its own territory.

Indeed, global diplomacy shouldn't focus just on getting India and Pakistan to tamp down tensions between them, but to try to bring them together to cooperate against a common enemy -- Islamic terrorism.

At least something good would come out of the Mumbai siege if it brought these two enemies closer together instead of driving them further apart. It would also make the world a lot less dangerous place to live.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 12/03/08 - 06:48 am
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There is an important

There is an important connection that The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff (ACES) is missing. It is the unnecessary war of choice that United States is waging in Iraq. Just as there was no Al Qaeda in Iraq before the U.S. invasion, reports are emerging that the extremist al-Qaeda affiliate Lashkar-e-Taiba, or Let, which is blamed for the Mumbai massacre fought in Iraq. Since the U.S. invasion and occupation in 2003, Iraq has become the central training ground for terrorists. At one time the Bush/Cheney war regime even bragged that Iraq was a magnet for terrorists. Not only did Bush bluster "Bring 'em on", he also bragged "it is better to fight them over there than over here." This points out the counterproductive nature of waging full scale war & using the U.S. military to fight Bush's so-called War on Terror. This should have been a police action all along. Bush still has not brought those responsible for the 9/11 attacks to justice. Rash U.S. military action has destabilized the entire Middle East and south Asia. The U.S. military is mired in Iraq while Afghanistan spirals out of control, and instability has spread to Pakistan & now India. You're doing a heckava job, Bush baby!

HTN007
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HTN007 12/03/08 - 07:27 am
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the Pakistani government

the Pakistani government policing the tribal region.....don't hold your breath! That is a classic exmple of a "good cop - bad cop" routine, all aimed at promoting islamic terrorism. So, why would the Pakistani government cooperate with anyone in policing the tribal region. As for the increase in friction between India and Pakistan......precisely the reason al Qaeda engineered the attacks. That is, this increased friction reduces the chances for such a cooperation and al Qaeda is no longer at risk. So, it looks like the attacks may have succeeded in accomplishing their overall purpose.

disssman
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disssman 12/03/08 - 10:38 am
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Sitting here in Augusta

Sitting here in Augusta Georgia, I really don't care what they do in India or Pakistan, I am not investing there, I am not going there on Vacation, I own no property there and I have no relatives there. The only involvement I have with either country is when they call trying to get me to sign up for VISA or Master Card or when they are trying to swindle me.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/08 - 10:40 am
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Yes, this attack by Islam on

Yes, this attack by Islam on the rest of the world is Bush's fault, just as everything has been for the past 8 years. I'm wondering, Cain, if after Jan 20 everything in the world that appears to be a disaster will be Obama's fault, in your humble opinion? And do you think your endless whines makes up for your "escape to safety" during the Vietnam era?

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55 F-100 12/03/08 - 01:02 pm
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Great posting "disssman", I

Great posting "disssman", I agree completely! The sooner those morons send each other to their eternal dirt nap, the better. P.S. to the T.V. stations, do NOT interrupt the normal programming to tell me about it.

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jack 12/03/08 - 02:12 pm
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Dissidiot, do you think those

Dissidiot, do you think those same AQ trained terrorists can't get to YOU and ME and even the other idito Cain? The latest report by the WMD Terrorism Commisson has concluded that we will be attacked with a WMD within the next five years. Don't you need a little sun light some times and get your head out of your posterior? Cain conveniently over looks the fact tht Afghanistan was the training ground for AQ's attacks against us and blames Bush, though four of those attacks were on BJ Cliton's "watch". Since we have kicked the Taliban's and AQ azz in Afhanistan, they merely moved across the border into another Muslim country to train that doesn't openly support them, but does little or nothing to stop them. We just need to quit giving the Pakistanis the billions we have and go do the job of cleaning up AQ there as well. Maybe India would even help clean out AQ in Pakistan as it is reported that Pakistan's ISI (intel agency) supported the terrrist group that terrorized Umbia.

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KSL 12/03/08 - 09:21 pm
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Maybe Iraq is a training

Maybe Iraq is a training ground. But does that give Al Qaeda a pass for what they continue to do worldwide? In Cain's mind it may give them a reason, but does it give them the right? Maybe the US made a mistake invading Iraq, deposing a villain who was not obeying UN orders and who was murdering millions of his own people. Maybe the big bully on the block knew it would be easier to fight Al Qaeda in Iraq rather than in Afghanistan and at the same time get rid of a bad guy. By the way, Cain, did you feel that Saddam had the right to invade Kuwait?

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 12/04/08 - 09:56 pm
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For those brave scholars who

For those brave scholars who may actually may wade through these godforsaken comments sometime in future:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21378.htm

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