||The regional meeting
attended by India as well as Pakistan did not lead to a direct meeting
of their presidents, however the Indian Min. of defense George Fernandes
expressed his opinion about persons who suggest possibility of nuclear
exchange as mad, stupid or irresponsible. India also offered the suggestion,
rejected by Pakistan, to jointly patrol Cashmere. India in a change of
tone expressed to want to pursue the diplomatic route. However Indian prime
minister Vajpayee insists on ceased cross border terrorism before any direct
talks can take place.
For who wonders about the paradoxical
positions expressed in the previous editorials should understand that the
threat of the use of nuclear weapons and the use of them is not inconsistent.
Both situations have fear in common. The threat to eradicate Mecca from
the Earth after a clear warning using nuclear weapons as substitute bulldozers
or the use as war tools in the India Pakistan conflict is as different
as taking antibiotics versus being poisoned.