Monday, July 03, 2006

India and Pakistan

India an Pakistan have been at War since 1948 (actually, for much longer than that when you consider that the conflict is between Islam and the other cultures that inhabit India, mainly Hindu. This probably started even in the same century as Mohammad, i.e. the seventh. A notable exception is the reign of Akbar during the Mughal empire. But that is another story.)
It would seen the height of stupidity to exacerbate this festering conflict. But, that is exactly what our Boy King has done:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush Administration said on Monday that it planned to sell Pakistan up to 36 advanced F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp. in a weapons package that could be worth more than $5 billion.

Of course this follows close on the heels of the Bush Administration's accomodation with India concerning nuclear items, tacit approval in my mind of their nuclear weapon program.
NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- The United States will send nuclear fuel and expertise to India under the terms of a pact reached on the last day of President Bush's visit to New Delhi.
These guys are always good for a laugh:
Bush said the agreement would help to "make the world safer" and praised India for setting an example "for other nations to participate in civilian nuclear power in such a way as to address nonproliferation concerns.
If you believe any country that wants to defend itself in today's world where we attack Iraq and not North Korea isn't interested in doing anything to obtain nuclear technology, no matter what "guarentees" are given that it is peaceful, well, do not pass go and do not collect $200.

Of course, Boy King's buddies in the defense industry do make quite a bundle on these deals. And they do contribute to Republican candidates. And, in our dear Land of the Free, elections are bought not won.

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