A suggestion and a highly intriguing one--on how to settle the problems that involve face-saving among nations!
so highly. And you've seen today what fine sportsmen the Chinese are. The point is, are the Indians a sporting people?"
"Of course we're a sporting people!" Nehru glared.
"Then I take it you'd be willing, assuming Pakistan agrees, of course, but I'm told they're a very sporting people, to--" The general tossed the coin again, absent-mindedly.
"All right!" Nehru grated. "If they agree, so do we!"
* * * * *
It took a month before Pakistan could agree, and all the arrangements be made for the Toss on Kashmir. But in that month, the world had other things to think about. Chiang Kai Shek accepted his gambling loss without a murmur and removed his troops from Quemoy and Matsu, the American Seventh Fleet helping, the Communists not interfering. All civilians on the islands who wished to go to Formosa were taken there.
Washington said little officially, but in the corridors of the Pentagon, Congress and the White House, the sighs of relief reached gale force
Unique premise. Stupid story.
A bit overlong, and I question why a military man would be put in charge of negotiations. The solution to stalemated negotiations is pretty obvious, and of course it would not work.
An okay story otherwise.
Amusing concept, it doesn't really go anywhere but it's a fun short story if you like 50's fiction.