The West Wing: Season 1, Episode 11

Lord John Marbury (5 Jan. 2000)

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When India sends troops into Kashmir, President Bartlett calls for a British former ambassador to India to help out - over Leo's strong objections.


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When India sends troops into Kashmir, President Bartlett calls for a British former ambassador to India to help out - over Leo's strong objections.

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Erick Avari, who plays the Pakistani ambassador, is Indian, while Iqbal Theba, who plays the Indian ambassador, is actually from Pakistan. See more »


In the opening scene, one of the intelligence agents examining the satellite photo confirms that there are '2 CVE's' (escort aircraft carriers), and '4 destroyers' in the Indian battle group. But in the situation room, the type and numbers of ships are flip-flopped, and the Chief of Staff reporting to the president says it's reported as '4 CVE's and '2 destroyers' (a rather large discrepancy given the circumstances). See more »


Leo McGarry: [on Lord John Marbury] He thinks I'm the butler.
President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet: For the first couple of weeks, so did I.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Classic Pre-9/11 World politics
11 February 2015 | by (Hyderabad, India) – See all my reviews

This episode has the ability of pissing off most people in the sub-continent, and China. Essentially, the episode begins with an Indian troop buildup moving into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, or as other parties might call it, a disputed area.

It is common knowledge today, that the area of Kashmir is hotly disputed, but i'm not sure how it was in 2000, when this episode aired. Probably much different.

Truth however, was that in 1999, and in 2000, the two nations of India and Pakistan were about to fight a major war, due to increased tensions following a terror attack on India's Parliament in December of 1999.

Thankfully, nothing happened, but this episode seems to be inspired from those events.

The story also continues in Josh deposing on the drug investigation in the White House and his attempts to shield Leo.

I personally feel that this episode was really a great primer for the yet uninitiated world into terror and its effect on societies and Lord John's quote is spectacular.

He says something like this "Not since the 16th century religious wars have we seen anything of this intensity, that to an outsider, seems illogical" He was so right.

I personally find it preposterous that the President of the United States had not a single person that could counsel them about the situation in the sub-continent, and i think that was an intentional dramatization to illustrate how remote the area seemed to the American people then, but this episode was very ahead of its time, predicting the eruption of a global war fought in the 21st century against non-state actors emanating from the hotbeds of terrorism in the Pakistan region.

Indians, please lighten up, and see the depth of the episode here. Art imitates life, and this is an illustration of life in a dramatic way. Think about it some more, and enjoy the rest of the series.

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