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Response to comments posted by Susie (May 30-"Excerpts...")

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Submitted by Sam Lahiri (United States), Jun 4, 2002 at 13:51

Susan, your comment that the state department treats the goings on in Kashmir as terrorism, but brushes the acts of terrorism happening in in Israel is a little overstated. To clear any misconceptions, let me say it at the outset that I strongly support Israel in its war for survival and suggest the strongest of measures against islamic terrorism being perpetrated against the tiny jewish state to terrorize its population. My personal view is against any kind of exchange of land for peace deal, because this will be taken as a weakening of Israel's resolve by the extremist organizations like the hamas and will eventually result in the extinction of Israel. One has to just visit the hamas website to see the absurdity of such proposals.

Having said that, I will turn my discussion to the topic on Kashmir. Much is being said recently about 'connecting the dots'. Let me now try to connect the dots. We all know that militant islam created its festering ground in Afghanisthan under the leadership of Osama Bin Laden. Who hosted Bin Laden ? the answer is taliban. Who were the creator of taliban? the Pakistani intelligence or ISI. Pakistani army fought side by side with the taliban in taliban's conquest of Afghanisthan. Almost 90% of pakistani population sympathises with taliban and are very upset with the US in particular and the West in general for uprooting the talibans. Which are the two countries who had diplomatic relations with the taliban government ? - answer is 'Saudi Arabia' and 'Pakistan'.

Saudi Arabia funds the huge number of madrasas or islamic schools in pakistan where poor destitute kids are put into backbreaking regimens of constant koran chanting and learning jihad. The successful graduates from these madrasas used to be hand picked by osama bin laden. For the first recruits, the training ground in warfare used to be the kashmir battlefront. Why is the Indian government not able to curb the militants in Kashmir even after sending a 700,000 strong army there? There must be active support from another terrorist organizations and government with arms, ammunitions and money. Without the active support from pakistan and Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaida, Kasmir separatist movement would have been history long time back. So, the picture becomes very clear after we connect the dots. Both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan were in essence sustaining talibans which in turn were playing hosts to and giving free rein to OBL and his organization Al Qaida, which spread terror around the world including the recent bombings of the World Trade Center. Saudi Arabia was the major provider of funds and Pakistan the provider of arms, ammunitions and secret intelligence. Recent discoveries in Afghan camps suggest the transfer of nuclear technology from Pakistan to 'Al Qaida'. Thank God it was prevented before actually taking place otherwise who knows how 'Al qaida' would have used their nuclear ammunitions?

India has been constantly trying to draw attention of the world to the islamic militancy and the proxy war which had been going on in Kashmir since the end 1980s'. But, all those warnings had fallen on to deaf ears. At least, Israel has the support of the mighty USA, moral and otherwise, but India still seems to be on its very own in its own war against Islamic terrorism.
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