There are a heck of a lot worse things that the aggrieved "partner" can do, than "stop cooperation".
This Bobbitting, the treaty is hazy on who is Lorena. But still the whole discussion (be it here at BRF or elsewhere) seem to be that US wields the scissors. Thus we hear a one-way "Iranian hydrocarbon means no Pu" or a "you test you loose"
Now the second one, I am not really bothered - Indian policy makers are comfortable with the designs and they worked in '98. And apparently in the US too, the people who matter, believe they work. Until the time Pak Army or their mentors, the Chinese PLA test out new designs, we can pull a tarp over those remaining holes at Pokharan (tarp, not concrete/sand).
But the threat being bandied about by all and sundry in US about the hydrocarbons from ME/Persia? Ramana talked earlier about RAPE/Evil Fauji Empire being shored up by US. Now, why is it that none of the Indian policy-makers or political leaders be it Left, Right or FMIL(foreign made Indian leader), are asking for the same penalty from US Establishment (POTUS + Capitol)? That is, if you shore up the Pak Army, to a point where one and a half billion people are affected, we will have to move closer to Iran for dealing with the Fauji Empire in our own way. Why can't someone stand up and start talking that language, instead of knee jerks "against imperialism" or "for patriotism"?
Some related points:
- US rhetoric seems to be gradually ratcheting up after a lull against Iran. Even that "Alternative Islamic Rage Boy", Ahmedinejad, seems to be backing off from his usual goofy "Mugambo" rhetoric. Were they awaiting some "negotiations" to go through?
- Pakis are stabilizing after a free fall. Judge issue dissipated, Lal masjid re-decorated, threats of attack by the US keeps the mullahs cowering, new COAS all but approved, threat of Emergency to silence the RAPE press, cancellation of Emergency to showcase "dictatorship with a difference"(as if "emergency" is worse than a military dictatorship), BBhutto coming back to her familiar role as a fig-leaf etc
- Chinese are having multiple crisis (Tibetan genocide getting its rightful publicity, the sudden realization that their toys can withstand nuke winter due to the lead content, eternal burden on dental plans compounded by bad toothpaste etc)
At least someone has convinced somebody else about somethings. Or so I would love to believe