Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Kashmir sell-out in Saudi Arabia

A book on a shelf in my library set me thinking. Today, where does Kashmir stand in global politics?  The book titled, Does America Need a Foreign Policy? Toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century by Henry Kissinger  published by Simon and Schuster in paperback a couple of years back with an Afterward by the author was widely acclaimed in the United States and was seen as the new bible for the country for its role   in the post 9/11 world.  The book by the recipient of the Noble Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty, former Secretary of State had evoked an academic interest in me.

However, it was the opening paragraph of the first chapter, America at the Apex: Empire at leader that set me in the thinking mode. In this paragraph while relishing the United State's enjoying pre-eminence unrivaled by even the greatest empires of the past and the preponderant position it holds for bringing  in international stability the author credited his country:

It meditated disputes in key trouble spots to the point   that, in the Middle East, it had become an integral part of the peace process. So committed was the United States to this role that it  almost ritually put itself forward as  a mediator, occasionally even when it was not invited by all the parties involved  as in the Kashmir dispute  between India and Pakistan in July 99.

Full report here Kashmirwatch.com

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