posted on Mar, 26 2005 @ 04:06 AM
The United States has announced that it plans to sell 2 dozen F-16's to Pakistan. India immediately expressed concerns about the move and says it
threatens its security. In an effort to assuage the Indians, President Bush rang the Indian PM and gave them an update on their bid to procure F-16's
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration rewarded Pakistan, an improbable ally in the war on terrorism, with a promise Friday that it could buy
sophisticated U.S.-built F-16 warplanes. Pakistan's nuclear rival, India, immediately complained the sale would threaten its security.
The sales would represent a shift in policy after years of sanctions and harsh rhetoric from Washington over Pakistan's nuclear ambitions and what
U.S. administrations have seen as tolerance for Islamic extremism. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, however, Pakistan has become an important
partner in hunting suspected terrorists and cracking down on anti-American extremists.
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This arms deal directly contradicts the recent calls by Condoleezza Rice for Europe not to arm China. Pakistan is a military dictatorship which
denies opposition parties and India has major human rights issues. That America considers giving these countries nuclear capable F-16's and F-18's
is reckless at best.
These two countries both broke the Non-Proliferation Treaty and have tested nuclear weapons in the past 8 years. Compare this to Iran's apparent
attempts to gain nuclear weapons and we see another double standard.
Here we have America "rewarding" countries that have broke the NPT and have dictatorships. Whats the real difference? Pakistan is a "friend" of
America. How long will this last? Will it still be a friend if it regains its democracy? Will America face a war against Pakistan if it turns against
the US? A war that would be fought with nuclear armed sides. Will another war errupt between Pakistan and India? Will that war be nuclear?
So many questions that I dont feel any side is capable of predicting yet we see multi-billion dollar arms deals sailing through congress.
[edit on 26/3/05 by subz]