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The Missing Dimension

questions raised. There is little doubt that an attempt will be made both by Pakistan and the United States to persuade the world at large to treat on the same footing both the parties directly involved in a conflict and to actively canvass for international intervention in some form in order to freeze exist ing positions it not to tilt the balance against India. It is, however, by no means self-evident that considerations of the kind that weighed with many countries when conflict broke out between India and Pakistan in 1965 will be so strong or decisive this time. The Soviet Union has certainly now sufficient reason to take a different position, though one cannot be sure how iar it would be prepared to commit itself to a particular localised issue and how tar it would prefer to keep its options open. Some other countries may prefer to take a neutral position which, even if less than the kind of support India may wish to have, could be of help. Even China has been so far extremely guarded in its stand on Bangla Desh; and if the forces within Bangla Desh should appear to be gaining ground there might well be a change in its position.

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