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A Call for Sanity

A catastrophe awaits if the government takes military action against Pakistan.

Grief, shock and fear. These feelings can produce inchoate rage that compels a government into taking the most counterproductive of actions. There is a sentiment that Mumbai 26-29 November 2008 is India’s equivalent of New York 11 September 2001 and that India must respond as the United States (US) did seven years ago. This argument, encouraged unfortunately by the electronic media, has grown in noise and threatens to box the government of India into a corner. If India were to be forced into military action, there is a monumental disaster that awaits the country that will dwarf the horrors of 26-29 November.

The whole world other than the George Bush presidency knows that the US’ external response to “9/11” – the invasion of Afghanistan and the “liberation” of Iraq – has made the world more dangerous than what it was earlier and the US less rather than more secure. Seven years later, the US is still struggling in Afghanistan.

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