Sunday, March 24, 2019

The non-war between India and Pakistan

If you have been out of touch with some world reality, you would have not noticed that the two nuclear armed nations came close to a war which lasted hardly two to three days with casualties counted on your fingers. It all started by a suicide attack on a paramilitary convoy on the Indian side of Kashmir killing more than 40 people. It was claimed by a member of a group based in Pakistan fighting for Kashmir autonomy or independence from India. India immediately blamed Pakistan for the suicide attack and decided to send in its fighter planes on the Pakistani side of Kashmir. Naturally Pakistan had to reply and downed two of the Indian planes and captured on one of its pilot, who was released quickly. Although the escalation of war was prevented and some sense of uneasy calm has prevailed but the threat remains of some skirmishes between the two nuclear armed neighboring nations.
Despite both governments threatening to use nuclear weapons (like it is a toy) on each other if war escalates, this war and the rest of their history wars have shown that both the countries are very ill equipped to wage a war for more than a few days and thinks come to their senses as both of them scramble behind closed doors to desperately reach out to world powers (namely U.S., Russia and China) to help them defuse the tension. As long as the Kashmir issue is there which has been unresolved since the bloody separation between the two countries, the threat of war will be there but even after the issue is resolved (unlikely to anybody’s complete satisfaction) these two nations whose population has been brainwashed to hate each other since their independence in 1947, the nuclear armed neighbors will be ready to decimate their populations by millions and tens of millions more by radiation by itching to have to trigger the button on the nuclear device. This will only set the two countries back to pre-war independence stage but will never recover from it and also will destroy what is left of the neighboring countries.

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