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War is not the Answer  
Mohan Shenoy Editorial
War is not the answer
January 2009
The terrorists from Pakistan came by sea to
Mumbai and attacked railway stations,
hospitals, hotels, and other civilian sites
killing about 200 innocent people. How shall
India deal with this attack?

The government of Pakistan says that their
agencies did not do this. Whoever came
from Pakistan were doing it as individuals
and not as government people. Since there
are many individuals involved in this attack
and some of them still remain in Pakistan,
India wants Pakistan to arrest and punish
those individuals still remaining in Pakistan.

It is a reasonable request from India and
Pakistan will be committing a mistake if she
refuses to act against those individuals who
are part of the group that attacked India,
and are residents of Pakistan.

How can India bring pressure on Pakistan
to do its part to contain terror? Pakistan had
agreed earlier in many of the meetings held
between its and Indian leaders to cooperate
with India in the matter of terrorists. The
individuals who attacked Mumbai from
Pakistan are clearly terrorists because they
were not on any assignment from any of the
agencies of Pakistan.

Pakistan has not declared war against India
to think that this act of terror is part of that
war. India can consider this terror act to be
an act of war by India and declare war
against Pakistan. If Pakistan does not act
against these terrorists still holed up in
Pakistan then clearly it would be an act
supported by Pakistan and therefore it can
be considered to be an act of war against
India on the part of Pakistan.

Indian citizens can not find fault with the
government if it declares war against
Pakistan. Indian government is completely
justified in sending its fighter planes against
Pakistan if the government of Pakistan is
not going to catch the culprits responsible
for the Mumbai attacks and punish them or
send them over to India to face trial.
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But why is the Indian government not
sending its army to fight against Pakistan?
First, the terrorists are a minuscule group
that does not represent the people of
Pakistan. People of Pakistan do not
support the terrorists and do not condone
the acts of terror committed by a small
group among them. The government of
Pakistan did not send the terrorists across
the sea although some of the people in the
government were aware of such a group
that was planning to commit acts of terror
against India in Indian cities. If there is war
then a larger problem might be solved, a
problem of constant skirmishes across the
border in Kashmir, provided Indian forces
completely defeat the Pakistani forces and
capture Islamabad and put the leaders
behind bars. India will have to occupy
Pakistan to bring everything under control.
Pakistan is not a small country and not an
easy country to be occupied by Indian
forces.

War by India against Pakistan is a war by
the people of India against the people of
Pakistan. It will not be a war against the
group that perpetrated this terror in
Mumbai last November. People of Pakistan
will resist Indian attack with full force and
there could be nuclear arms used by both
the sides; which side will use nuclear
weapons first is a matter of debate, but
seeing things as they seem now Pakistan
is going to use nuclear weapons first.

So in order to prevent further damage, and
avoid a full scale war that could be a
wasteful exercise in the end, war does not
seem to be an answer for this menace that
is facing India. The Indian government has
rightfully chosen a path to bring
international pressure on Pakistan to catch
the culprits and bring them to justice.

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