terror in delhi 10/29
Sunday, February 26, 2006
  Viewing The Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full
On the eve of President Bush's visit to India, several international publications have given their thoughts. A sample: Newsweek International cover page story (excellent read, in our opinion):
The world turns and India will have its ups and downs. But today it is India's moment. It can grasp it and forge a new path for itself. Along that road lies a genuine and deep relationship between the planet's largest democracy and its wealthiest democracy. Until now, this has merely been a slogan. It could actually become a reality, and who knows what such a world might look like?
New York Times editorial (an Atlanticist hardline view, which we had taken to task here):
India desperately wants Bush to wring approval from Congress for a misbegotten pact in which America would help meet India's energy requirements through civilian nuclear cooperation.
Washington Post editorial (takes a moderate line, but gets its priority right):
The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is a limited asset: It has not stopped a string of countries from going nuclear, and it's not worth forgoing major prizes such as an Indian alliance in order to preserve it.
The Economist cover page story (another Atlanticist mouth piece hostile to India):
As Mr Bush packs his bags, desperate attempts are being made to bridge the gap. The obvious danger is that in order to portray his summit as a success Mr Bush will be tempted to accept even fewer safeguards from India. That would be a dangerous mistake: nuclear proliferation matters too much to allow excessive wiggle-room or create bad precedents.
During his short business-like trip of two days, a major portion will be occuppied in trying to finalize the nuclear deal (which this blog has extensively covered). Amazingly, we are not yet privy to the final negotiating terms, if they were indeed agreed. Prime Minister Singh is expected to make a statement to the Indian parliament this coming week. Irrespective of whether a deal is signed or not at this point, we hope President Bush's visit further strenghtens India-U.S. relationship. We wish him a tres bon voyage.
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