Press for Conversion #47
Date Written: 2002-03-01
Publisher: Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
Year Published: 2002
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX16157
This issue begins with a series of articles examining the historical context of the conflict between India and Pakistan.
This issue begins with a series of articles examining the historical context of the conflict between India and Pakistan. Much of the blame is laid on (1) British colonialism, and its "divide-and-conquer" policies that culminated in partition, and (2) the U.S. use of Pakistan as a military client state during the Cold War. When the CIA fought its biggest covert, proxy war in Afghanistan, it used Pakistan as a conduit for arming, financing, training and equipping the fundamentalist, Islamist mujahadeen. This was a deliberate effort to provoke the Soviet Union to become embroiled in the war. This US support for terrorism had its repercusions on Indo-Pakistani politics. The particularly thorny issue of Kashmir as a potential flashpoint for nuclear conflict, between India and Pakistan is also explored in a number of articles. Also examined is the issue of the arms trade and Canada's role helping to arm these two countries.