Terrorism: October 26, 2002


On September 11, 2001, half a century of hostility between India and the United States disappeared. On September 11, 2001, the Indians told our diplomats that we could have anything we wanted for the war on terror, including basing rights. When asked to what extent the help would go, the Indians replied "divisions if necessary." The offer of Indian air and naval bases, as well as ground combat units, put the United States in an awkward position. India was seen as a major "enemy of Islam" by Moslem nations and was locked in a bitter and bloody dispute with Pakistan over the ownership of Kashmir. Thus it was decided to work with India, but to keep the cooperation as quiet as possible. American and Indian intelligence organizations have been working closely together, and the Indian navy has been quietly searching the eastern Indian ocean for al Qaeda activity.


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