Tuesday, October 18, 2005


I had commented sometime last year that I was not confident of a solution in Kashmir for peace without some serious bloodshed. I also commented how the Tsunami in Aceh had improved the prospects for long term peace there. I suspect the inevitable international relief effort due to the earthquake in the disputed areas would improve the chances of successful mediation leading to possible compromises. The bloodshed has basically already happened now.

1 comment:

Dr. Clam said...

Yes, I thought of your comments about Aceh as soon as I heard about the earthquake in Azad Kashmir. I am afraid the only thing I could think to say about the earthquake was a sadly pedantic comment: I read someone in the Pakistani government quoted in the newspaper to ther effect that this was the worst natural disaster ever to hit Pakistan. But it wasn't: the worst natural disaster ever to hit Pakistan was the cyclonic storm surge that hit East Pakistan on November 13th 1970; it was also the worst natural disaster, barring famines and plagues, of the entire 20th century.