India Partnership Makes World Safer, Bush Says
Steven Donald Smith
States and India have built a strategic partnership based
on shared democratic values and a desire to defeat terrorism,
President Bush said in
"Terrorism has no place in democracy, and terrorism must
be defeated for our children and grandchildren to be able to
live in a peaceful world," Bush said during a news conference
hosted by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "We’re working
as partners to make the world safer."
said India and America both believe that "every
person matters, every person belongs, and everybody should be
able to worship as freely as they want to." India is the
world’s most populous democratic state, with a diverse religious
and cultural make-up.
The way to
defeat terrorists in the short term, Bush said, is through
good intelligence. "One way we work together on
terrorism is to make sure intelligence services share information," he
Singh concurred. "I was particularly pleased that we agreed
on the need to root out terrorism, of which India has been a
major victim," he said. "We must fight terrorism wherever
it exists, because terrorism anywhere threatens democracy everywhere."
In the long
run, terrorism will be defeated by giving people hope and opportunity,
as opposed to systems of
breed resentment, Bush said. He also said that terrorists must
be given "no quarter" and that the prosecution of the
war on terror must never yield.
Bush said he intends to bring the same message to President
Perez Musharraf of Pakistan when he visits there following his
trip to India.
On the democracy
front, both the United States and India are participants in
the U. N. Democracy Fund, which
to help young democracies develop civil institutions and a free
society. "I particularly want to thank the Indian people
and the Indian government for supporting the new democracy in
the neighborhood," Bush said.
He added that the Indians have pledged $565 million in reconstruction
aid, and $50 million for the new national assembly building in
"We seek a world free of poverty, ignorance, disease and
the threat of terrorism," Singh said. "The United States
and India must work together in all possible forms to promote
the two nations concluded a historic agreement on the nuclear
The agreement addresses India’s surging energy needs for its
growing economy. Both countries agreed to pursue civil nuclear
cooperation. India said it would take steps that will bring it
into the international nonproliferation mainstream, including
placing its civilian nuclear facilities and programs under the
International Atomic Energy Agency, U.S. officials said.
also thanked India for sending aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina. "I was struck, and so were the American people,
that the Indian air force delivered Hurricane Katrina aid to
an air force base in Little Rock, Ark. And for that, Mr. Prime
Minister, thank you," he said.
"We’re partners in peace," Bush said. "And
that’s in the interests of our own people, as well as the interests
of people around the world."
According to a White House fact sheet, the United States and
India are also cooperating in the following areas:
Security Cooperation: The United States and India are committed to a
comprehensive cooperative effort to ensure a secure
Counterterrorism: The United States and India are jointly expanding the scope of our counterterrorism
cooperation, including work on bioterrorism and cybersecurity.
Logistics Support: The United States and India will
soon sign an agreement to facilitate mutual logistic support
during combined training, exercises,
and disaster relief operations.
Trade: The United States reaffirmed
its goal to help meet India’s defense needs and to provide the important
technologies and capabilities that India
Nonproliferation: Both countries support efforts to limit the
spread of enrichment and reprocessing technologies and also support
the conclusion of a Fissile
Material Cut-off Treaty.
India Partners in Cause of Liberty, Bush Says
By Steven Donald Smith
from the United States and India, the universal value of freedom
has the power to change the world for the better, President
Bush said in New Delhi.
United States and India, separated by half the globe, are closer
than ever before, and the partnership between our free nations
has the power to transform the world," Bush said on the
second day of his two-day stay in India. "India in the
21st century is a natural partner of the United States, because
we are brothers in the cause of human liberty."
India and the United States are working together to achieve
two main objectives: to expand freedom and economic prosperity
across the globe and to defeat international terrorism. He
said the partnership between the two countries has "deep
and sturdy roots" based on common values, such as the
belief all people are created equal and are endowed with certain
said terrorists resort to violence because they are opposed
to these values. "The terrorists are followers of a violent
ideology that calls for the murder of Christians and Hindus
and Sikhs and Jews and vast numbers of Muslims who do not share
their radical views," he said. "The terrorists’ goal
is to impose a hateful vision that denies all political and
lack the military strength to challenge great nations directly,
Bush said, so they use fear as a weapon. "When terrorists
murder innocent office workers in New York or kill shoppers
at a market in Delhi or blow up commuters in London, they hope
these horrors will break our will," he said.
terrorists are wrong to think they can frighten free nations
into giving up without a fight. "America and India love
our freedom, and we will fight to keep it," he said.
In the long
term, winning the war on terrorism requires changing the conditions
that foster terror, Bush said. Hatred must be replaced by hope,
opportunity must replace despair, and freedom must prevail
everywhere, he said. "Free societies do not harbor terrorists
or breed resentment. Free societies respect the rights of their
citizens and their neighbors. Free societies are peaceful societies," he
places such as North Korea, Burma, Syria, Zimbabwe, Iran and
Cuba desire to be free, and democratic nations must not ignore
this fact, Bush said. "Our nations must not pretend that
the people of these countries prefer their own enslavement," he
said. "We must stand with reformers and dissidents and
civil society organizations and hasten the day when the people
of these nations can determine their own future and choose
their own leaders."
out that 60 years ago there were fewer than two dozen democracies
in the world, while today there are more than 100. "The
advance for freedom is the great story of our time," he
said. "There’s only one history of man — and it leads