The Most Dangerous Place in the World: Salman Rushdie on the current Kashmir crisis.
The present Kashmir crisis feels like a déjà vu replay of the last one. Three years ago a weak Indian coalition government led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party had just lost a confidence vote in India's Parliament and was nervously awaiting a general election. At once it began to beat the war drums over Kashmir. Now another coalition government, still led by the B.J.P. and deeply tainted by B.J.P. supporters' involvement in the massacre of hundreds of Muslims in Gujarat State, may be about to lose another general election. So here goes the government again, talking up a Kashmiri war and asking India to stand firm behind its leadership.
It Doesn't Start in Kashmir, and It Never Ends Well: a retired Air Force colonel describes participating in numerous war games featuring an India-Pakistan conflict.
A state of war: on the decades old dispute between Pakistan and India over Kashmir.
India is reported to have shut down net access from public call offices and net cafes in Kashmir.
The move, according to informed sources, was taken after it was found that Mohammed, leader of the suicide squad attack on Parliament, had extensively used the Internet and e-mail facilities while planning the December 13 operations.
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This war would be bin Laden's victory
The immediate danger, perhaps similar in character to the danger that existed in July 1914 after Serbian terrorists had murdered the Austrian Archduke, is that no one will succeed in preventing the war which both Indian and Pakistani public opinion seems to support. The further danger is that the bin Laden strategy will succeed, with or without bin Laden. His strategy was to use terror to create a general state of war between Islam and the major powers by undermining the West and radicalising the Muslims.
The terrorists who attacked India's parliament Dec. 13 killed 12 people, including themselves. They achieved their probable goal, to drive India and Pakistan to war or its brink.
If the purpose was to change the subject in Pakistan, to create tension with India greater than the alliance with the United States, to divert troops from Afghanistan's border, it has worked.
India prepares to camouflage Taj Mahal. Isn't that just a bit large to hide?
Map of military buildup on India/Pakistan border, from The Times.
Pakistan and India both say they want peace, but they're moving closer to war.
Cross-border fighting in India and Pakistan is leading to both sides reinforcing their troops there.
India and Pakistan on the brink of war: India pulls its diplomats from Pakistan, which has historically been the start of tit-for-tat actions leading to war. But this time, Pakistan says is doesn't intend to pull its High Commissioner out of India. The two countries have ruled out a meeting between their leaders at an upcoming summit.
India braced for terror response: and it looks like their target is our ally of convenience, Pakistan.