Which India Is Bush Talking About?

Friday, March 03, 2006

Which India Is Bush Talking About?

Speaking Friday to an audience in India, President Bush said:
... America ought to look at India as a strategic partner in keeping the peace, a great democracy which is capable of having people from different religions live side-by-side in peace and harmony ...
Huh? More than 100 people were killed in Muslim-Hindu violence during a two-day period in 2002 -- a number of them were burned alive when a train was firebombed. Before it was all over, Hindu nationalists called a nationwide strike. Ten years earlier, roughly 2,000 people were killed in and near the city of Ayodhya in violent demonstrations pitting Muslims against Hindus.

And not much has changed. Today the AP reported:
Anger against U.S. President George W. Bush swept through parts of India on Friday as protesters burned his effigy and carried posters of Osama bin Laden ...

Violence erupted in the city of Lucknow when dozens of armed Muslims tried to force Hindu shop owners to shut their stores to protest Bush's visit .... The two sides argued, exchanged blows, and finally shot at each other, killing a Muslim teenager ...

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