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US foreign policy always was pro-Pakistan and anti-India.

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    US foreign policy always was pro-Pakistan and anti-India.

    Jim Hoagland in Washington Times

    I experienced the strength of the U.S. tilt toward Pakistan in covering, from Calcutta and then Islamabad, the 1971 India-Pakistan war, a conflict in which Pakistan's leaders had authorized genocidal campaigns against the population of Bangladesh. That was not what counted in Washington.

    In his 1979 memoir ''White House Years,'' Henry Kissinger described Richard Nixon's deep antipathy toward Indira Gandhi as the two leaders wandered in ''the never-never land of U.S.-Indian relations.'' When war broke out ''Nixon was for whatever course would hurt India more,'' Mr. Kissinger wrote. It was an emotion that other U.S. presidents hid better but still followed.
    The United States sought to build up Pakistan as a counterweight to a huge, headstrong Indian democracy that Washington has never been able to accommodate easily in its strategic thinking. And India has seemed determined to increase U.S. support and friendship for Pakistan. New Delhi incessantly moralized about U.S. iniquities, imagined and real, while fully supporting Moscow during the Cold War.Things have not become simpler. The defiant nuclear tests ordered last year by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and that party's confirmation in power in elections earlier this month make India as prickly and difficult as ever.

    #2
    I think the balance is shifting towards India now because the US sees more bread in there. This will be the beginning of the fall of the so-called superpower: USA. Just my instinct.

    Fata Morgana


    [This message has been edited by Fata Morgana (edited October 21, 1999).]

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      #3
      US does , like any country should.....Safeguard her own interest...
      Pakistan was fulfilling her needs....
      not any more.....

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        #4
        A major US tilt towards India is underway following the installation of a stable government in New Delhi, a military coup in Pakistan and troubled relations with China, a leading American daily said on Friday quoting a US official.

        ”The realignment of US policy in South Asia will become evident if President Bill Clinton visits only India and Bangladesh ... And not Pakistan early next year if the coup regime remains in power there,” the official told the Washington Times on condition of anonymity. “In the past, we had a lot of common goals and worked closely with Pakistan, not so with India.... All that has changed with the coup in Pakistan and souring of relations with China,” he said.

        The daily said Assistant Secretary of State Karl FInderfurth had told the Bereuter Sub-Committee this week that Washington would lift most of the sanctions against India but not against Pakistan since the law calls for imposing bans for overthrowing democratically-elected governments by the army. “Our relations with India have become a lot warmer in the period following the Kargil crisis,” the official said, adding the “restraint by the Vajpayee-led government won respect in Washington.”

        In light of the changes underway in American policy to India, analysts said, the ongoing visit of National Security Adviser and Prime Minister's Principal Secretary, Brajesh Mishra, for talks with top US officials could not have come at a better time.

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          #5
          Ah...the poor US! Islam vs christanity+hinduism.

          The 3rd world war is in sight.

          Fata Morgana

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