What’s the response of the government of India to the Bombay/Mumbai train bombings? Essentially mild words of reproof to Pakistan, and uplifting sentiments. Here’s a blogger who thinks Prime Minister Singh should be a real man and join a grand war on Islamic terrorism; but it isn’t happening.
There are surely contingent reasons for this passivity – India’s 130 million Muslims, the volatile mess in Kashmir itself and the Pakistani atom bomb would probably be enough.
Or it may just be common sense. The null response of doing nothing is a very strong policy if you can stomach it. It denies the terrorists their prime aim of hijacking the agenda. You can’t coerce people who won’t pay attention. India may be culturally favourable ground for this. But Republican Rome was even more gung-ho than the modern USA or Israel; and it was saved from Hannibal because it elected the iron-hard Quintus Fabius Maximus as dictator, on a platform of strictly passive defence and delay. Fabius cunctando restituit rem.
Look for a presidential candidate with warts.
PS I’m off for three weeks visiting my now exotic homeland. Keep the reality principle flying!