June 20, 2004

It's the little things that count

But this is huge:

In a joint statement at the conclusion of two days of talks in the Indian capital, officials said the dedicated secure hot line between the countries' foreign secretaries was intended to "prevent misunderstandings and reduce risks relevant to nuclear issues."

An existing hot line between directors-general of military operations in both countries also will be upgraded and secured, the statement said.

The future in Southwest Asia just got a whole lot brighter.

Posted by Ted at June 20, 2004 10:01 AM
Category: Square Pegs

It'a a positive development, certainly... but a hotline between capitals didn't exactly end the Cold War the last time two nuclear powers faced each other down. (It took what, another 26 years?)

I don't mean to throw cold water on an obviously promising step. I just hope that people realize that it's still a dangerous situation that could still be thrown off kilter in a flash.

Happy Father's Day.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at June 20, 2004 01:30 PM
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