27 November, 2020

No Proxy Warriors

Hoping for the US to fight India's fight over Kashmir is asking for a bit too much

No Proxy Warriors
Soon after the cataclysm of September 11, senior Indian government officials discerned their moment had come. Washington had been delivered a stunning blow. Wasn’t the moment opportune to reduce to ashes the political firewall Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had erected between ‘freedom fighters’ and ‘terrorists’? Wasn’t it conceivable now to persuade Washington to recognise the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) for what they were: terrorist outfits?

Sure enough, within two months, the State Department named the LeT and JeM as foreign terrorist organisations. In Afghanistan, Pakistan lost what is referred to as "strategic depth" for launching anti-India operations. Officials in Delhi rejoiced at Musharraf’s discomfort: he was sweating on TV in his address to the nation, his voice quivering. He just wasn’t the Musharraf who’d strutted in Agra in the manner of a Mughal monarch.

There was good news from Washington, too. Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca, under hostile questioning by India-baiter Republican Dana...



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