“We do not want to impose war, but we are fully prepared in case war is imposed on us.” Yeah, sure. ISI involvement in the Mumbai attacks wasn’t a casus belli. Of course not.
“Pakistan: We’re ready for war with India,” from the Telegraph, December 9 (thanks to James):
Pakistan warned it is ready for war with India if it is attacked following the strike by the Mumbai terrorists.
The remarks by Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who also insisted he would not hand over any suspects in the Mumbai attacks, come amid mounting tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
India has said it is keeping all options open following last month’s carnage by the Mumbai terrorists, who killed more than 170 people.
“We do not want to impose war, but we are fully prepared in case war is imposed on us,” said Mr Qureshi.
“We are not oblivious to our responsibilities to defend our homeland. But it is our desire that there should be no war.”…
This reminds me of what Joachim von Ribbentrop, Hitler’s Foreign Minister, said to the American charge d’affaires after reading out loud to him the Third Reich’s declaration of war against the United States: “Your President has wanted this war, now he has it.” Of course: with the Nazis then as with the jihadists now, it is always the other guy’s fault.