India has raised their national security level to “war level” following last week’s attacks in Mumbai:
The fallout from a three-day rampage that killed nearly 200 people in Mumbai threatened on Sunday to unravel India’s improving ties with Pakistan and prompted the resignation of India’s security minister.
New Delhi said it was raising security to a “war level” and had no doubt of a Pakistani link to the attacks, which unleashed anger at home over the intelligence failure and the delayed response to the violence that paralyzed India’s financial capital.
Officials in Islamabad have warned any escalation would force it to divert troops to the Indian border and away from a U.S.-led anti-militant campaign on the Afghan frontier.
India and Pakistan at war again. That’s real comforting in the world today, especially when we are talking about two nuclear nations. But don’t worry, we have Condi to the rescue:
President George W. Bush on Sunday dispatched Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to New Delhi in support of India following the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 200 people, including six Americans.</p>
Rice and Bush wanted an opportunity “to express the condolences of the American government directly to the Indian government and the Indian people,” Rice spokesman Sean McCormack said.
Earlier Sunday, a Republican senator endorsed a campaign suggestion from President-elect Barack Obama _ appointment of a special envoy, perhaps former President Bill Clinton, to the disputed region of Kashmir _ as the U.S. seeks to ease tensions between India and its nuclear-armed neighbor Pakistan.
As much as we need new faces running our country, we need new ones representing us over seas – even if some of the faces are actually old. Clinton is still highly respected around the world, and this is the perfect job for him. It’s rather ironic that the only two former Presidents we have, who can help garner in peace, are the two Democratic ones.