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in response to reader comment: Sorry Sword of Islam & Children of Beslan, it's me Swaminathan not 'Children of Beslan'

Submitted by Sword of Islam & The Babies of Beslan (United Kingdom), Sep 7, 2006 at 01:19

I don't doubt the fact that Pakistan poses a real threat. The very strong links between Pakistan and the Taliban are well documented. The question as I see it is what one can do about it given that they are a US ally in the 'war on terror'. Especially when there are so many 'fronts' in this war. Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Syria, etc.

I think that Pakistan's time will come, but at present it would be counter-productive to do anything that makes Musharraf's position even weaker. The last thing we need is a militant Islamic Pakistani government which would easily pose as big a threat as Iran ever could given Pakistan's nuclear capability. It seems to me that Musharraf's 'co-operation has temporarily bought Pakistan a 'get out of jail free' card but that's politics for you. That's my theory. Given your naturally closer proximity to this affair, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the subject.

Perhaps you could also explain why this Kashmir issue is so contentious. It seems to me that any region that is administered by three countries is always going to be a recipe for disaster. How are your relations with China in this regard? Why can't the UN sort it out? Why not have elections and let them choose? I'd be glad to learn more about this particular subject from your perspective.

Sword

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