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Sorry Sword of Islam & Children of Beslan, it's me Swaminathan not 'Children of Beslan'

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Submitted by Swaminathan (Canada), Sep 5, 2006 at 18:11

Sorry. It was purely unintentional. By mistake i put the title under the 'name' column and you decided to take a swipe at me.

My comments on the British Govt. was also not malevolent. Despite the fact that the Brits colonised us for more than 200 years and despite their policy of divide and rule in general an average Indian does not abhor a Brit. We are a positive people who do not gripe and keep complaining about the past unlike the moslems who always blame the west for their own failures.

Take a look at polls on 'Happiness index' and you are sure to see India on top almost always. Is it not surprising for a country of teeming millions and poor populace to be happier than the rich Brit/American/Canadian with everything at their disposal.

Surely i did not expect the 'mighty' British to intervene militariliy and save us from the clutches of the Islamic terrorists from across the border. What I meant when I said the US/UK looked the other way was that the Brits. as well the US and other western nations could have pitched in favour of India in various international fora vis-a-vis the Kashmir. This would not have emboldened the Islamic Pakistani regime of Zia-Ul-Haq and his likes. Indian problem was treated and dismissed as a regional conflict with no connotations to religion while we knew for decades that we have to face upto this monster called "Islamic terrorism", long before the west even understood the meaning of the term. You woke up a mere 5 years ago as if that was 'THE BEGINNING' of the war against terror.

US never ever imagined that by appeasing Bin Laden and his cohorts with deadly weapons, in their extension of the cold war against Russia, these same weapons will be used against the West. The US and other western countries must learn from this costly mistake and start taking a serious look at Pakistan. The more they choose to ignore the evil designs of Pakistan the more difficult it will get to root out Islamic terrorism.

My heart goes out to children and they could come from Britain, India, Beslan or even Pakistan. We have to make sure these very innocent children do not end up strapped in suicide belt holding a Quran in one hand and an AK-47 in another.

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