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9 November 2008
1) US gains extra sway over allies’ war effort
2) Barack Obama will want more European soldiers to fight in Afghanistan
3) Shock as top Indian Army officer arrested over bomb attack
excerpts from ‘US gains extra sway over allies’ war effort‘
by James Blitz, Financial Times, 7 November 2008
[N]ow that Mr Obama has been appointed, some European governments are waking up to an uncomfortable fact about the president-elect. It is that he will be in a much stronger position than George W. Bush has been in recent times to persuade European governments to make fresh commitments to the international effort in Afghanistan.
A senior diplomat from a European Union state agrees that this kind of pressure from the Obama White House is certain to be felt across the EU.
“There are lots of things the Bush administration has failed to get European governments to do, such as ending restrictions on how much danger their troops face in Afghanistan; or forcing the Europeans to give billions of dollars to pay for doubling the Afghan national army.
“But when Obama starts making these demands, European leaders will have to start thinking a lot harder. They won’t find it easy to turn down a man with this much appeal.”
Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign minister, acknowledged that point this week. “Europe, which is celebrating [the victory of] Obama, must know that Europe will be called on to be a producer of security and no longer merely a consumer. I think Obama will rightly call on us to take our responsibilities more seriously.”
excerpt from ‘Barack Obama will want more European soldiers to fight in Afghanistan‘
by Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2008
Mr Obama’s oft-repeated mantra of “change” may have succeeded in winning him the White House, but it is hardly likely to persuade al-Qaeda diehards to drop its diabolical plots to bomb the West, the Taliban to abandon its murderous campaign against Nato forces in Afghanistan, or Iran’s mullahs to desist from their illicit uranium-enrichment activities.
As Mr Obama will have discovered for himself yesterday following his detailed briefing from Mike Hayden, director of the CIA, on the current and active threats facing the security of the United States, the world, to quote David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, is a scary place.
excerpt from ‘Shock as top Indian Army officer arrested over bomb attack‘
by Jeremy Page, Times, 8 November 2008
The Indian Army has been shocked by the arrest of a senior Military Intelligence officer on suspicion of involvement in a bomb attack by Hindu extremists in western India in September.
Colonel Srikant Prasad Purohit is the first serving officer in India’s Army ― seen as a bastion of secularism since the country’s independence in 1947 ― to be arrested on terrorism charges.
His detention is prompting calls for a ban on Hindu nationalist groups accused of stirring political violence, including recent attacks on Christians in eastern India, before national elections next year.
It may also force Indian authorities to investigate whether Hindu radicals were behind other recent bomb attacks, many of which have been blamed on Islamic extremists backed by Pakistan’s intelligence service.
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