Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Another Alarm in South Asia

The fight between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza is getting most of the headlines at the moment, but don't forget India and Pakistan. Nervous, angry people caught up in a wave of negative emotion can make bad decisions that spiral out of control quickly.

India PM says Pakistan "agencies" linked to attack
By Krittivas Mukherjee
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accused Pakistan on Tuesday of acting irresponsibly, saying November's Mumbai attacks must have had support from some of its nuclear-armed neighbor's official agencies.

Pakistan rejected the accusation as unacceptable, saying India had embarked on a propaganda offensive and such charges jeopardized chances of cooperation against terrorism...

I regard this as important mainly because by tying the Mumbai attackers to the Pakistani State, India can make a case to attack Pakistani State targets should war erupt, much like Israel justified hitting Lebanese infrastructure during the 2006 War with Hizbullah because Hizbullah was part of the Lebanese government.

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