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Submitted by Vijay Dandapani (United States), Mar 9, 2004 at 08:11

While the capture and/or killing of Osama bin-Laden ought to be a priority for several reasons including the defeat of the arrogant Atlanticist, John Kerry it unfortunately has led to the Bush administration pushing a larger existential threat under the rug - the issue of nuclear proliferation.

The world's absolutely worst instance of the spread of weapons of mass destruction by a nation, Pakistan, has found very little play with most of the media repeating the pabulum put out by the Pakistani establishment that the whole episode is that of the work of a rogue scientist, A.Q.Khan. The administration, to its credit, does appear to have focused on trying to contain further proliferation. But that implies that there will be no further duplicity on the part of either the Pakistani state - a considerable stretch given recent disclosures of even Vietnam era duplicity by that country's leaders when F-104 Starfighters were shown to the Chinese for analysis.

The disclosure of their nuclear duplicity, resulted, as usual, in two public positions by the Pakistani establishment - one to the West in English about the rogue scientist and in the other in Urdu to their own people when President Musharraf railed about a "fellow Muslim" nation having sold them down the river.

The probabilty of a nuclear attack of any stripe in any part of the world by Islamic terrorists is not insignificant. Capturing Bin-Laden should not in any way take away from our ability to shut down the Pakistani nuclear bazaar. Hours after September 11th, Mr. Powell reportedly laid down an ultimatum to the Pakistani dictator that resulted in a 180 degree turn in that country's publicly stated policy towards the West. Some coercion on the nuclear issue should not take away from the US's ability to search for Bin-Laden in that country's North West hideaways.
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Islam and Militant Islam, same thing [451 words]K JacksonMar 22, 2004 13:2514292
Bush is neither fighting a war against global terror nor is he a friend to Israel [583 words]Dafna YeeMar 20, 2004 13:2214265
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Sorry Mr. Kerry, The Spanish beat you to it. [205 words]YonasonMar 15, 2004 18:3314200
Capturing Osama [100 words]S.C.PandaMar 15, 2004 04:2914195
re: Kerry and terrorism [106 words]James A. BushMar 12, 2004 23:1514186
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I Agree [149 words]Mohamed Ahmed BerrayMar 11, 2004 08:5814168
You are right [190 words]YoniMar 10, 2004 16:2714161
Great points [9 words]Ray AtwoodMar 10, 2004 13:1714159
Islamism [237 words]John McClainMar 10, 2004 11:5314157
Killing Osama only short term benefit [179 words]Darwin BarrettMar 9, 2004 19:2814148
The battle of ideas [90 words]Martin LindeskogMar 9, 2004 17:1214146
EU pandering [87 words]Daniel MiddlemanMar 9, 2004 16:2314144
support for bush reelection [18 words]Jack GoldbergMar 9, 2004 16:1814143
Bush or Kerry, who would be worse for defense? [281 words]Maryallene OtisMar 9, 2004 16:1114142
Islamic Radicals, the Modern Neanderthals [291 words]Joseph E BentzelMar 9, 2004 13:2014136
Endorsement of Bush for President? [451 words]lee CharendoffMar 9, 2004 12:5914135
Political Stupidity [187 words]JimSMar 9, 2004 12:2314133
no point in gratuitously antagonizing a possible next president [88 words]Marvin RabinovitchMar 9, 2004 10:4514132
Spinning Capture of Osama [55 words]alan septimusMar 9, 2004 10:2614131
Thank you [230 words]BrettMar 9, 2004 09:5514129
Capturing Bin Laden & Re-Election of Pres. Bush [126 words]Tova MatteroMar 9, 2004 08:2414125
The bigger threat [304 words]Vijay DandapaniMar 9, 2004 08:1114124
Getting Bin Laden [137 words]Peter J. HerzMar 9, 2004 06:5514123

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