Saturday, October 11, 2003

The New Dehli omission

It seems that Bush snubbed India in his last speech to the UN, but he's trying to make up for it:

Making amends for his omission of India as a victim of terrorism in his address to the UN General Assembly, US President George W. Bush yesterday listed New Delhi among the cities which have been targeted by terrorists in their global effort to spread chaos.

“Since September the 11th, the terrorists have taken lives — since the attacks on our nation that fateful day, the terrorists have attacked in Casablanca, Mombasa, Jerusalem, Amman, Riyadh, Baghdad, Karachi, New Delhi, Bali, and Jakarta,” Bush said in a speech to the New Hampshire Air National Guard, Army National Guard, reservists and their families at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth.

On September 23, in his address to the UN on the eve of meeting Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New York, Bush had said: “Twenty four months ago — and yesterday in the memory of America — the center of New York City became a battlefield and a graveyard and the symbol of an unfinished war. Since that day, terrorists have struck in Bali, Mombassa, in Casablanca, in Riyadh, in Jakarta, in Jerusalem — measuring the advance of their cause in the chaos and innocent suffering they leave behind.”

Within hours of the American President’s UN address, deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani reacted in Kochi. “I wish the world would become acutely aware of the fact that for India, ISI, which is a limb of the state of Pakistan, is more dangerous than al Qaida or Taliban,” he said.


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