Should India attack Pakistan?January 5th, 2009
I had initially written this post on 22 Dec 08 after Mumbai attacks. Ever since this post has been the most popular post on the blog. Also, its still a very relevant subject given the fact that not much has changed after this. And so I decided not only to renew it but also add my thoughts as I feel today. So here goes-
“My heart says YES. Pakistan is one country who has been sponsoring terror not just in India but throughout the world. The Pakistani govt may deny it’s involvement in terror attacks but the fact of the matter is that there are people within it’s establishment who sponsor terror, at least the ones directed against India. I had amplified on this aspect in my post ‘Can we trust Asif Ali Zardari?’ wherein I had said that it is their army chief and their corps commanders who will not let the govt of Pakistan to do anything which might make India more secure against terrorism. One may argue about the hardliners in Pakistan also being against any such move but the fact remains that if the men in uniform support such actions there is very little which the hardliners can do except protest and take out some rallies. Agreed they have some weapons also but so do Al Qaeda and Taliban against whom the Pak govt is already fighting and which are off course, much more powerful terrorist organizations than any of the other hard line factions. If that be the case it amply brings out the fact that if the people in uniform want to do this they can. But clearly they don’t want to do this. Doing something which helps India is absolutely against the very basic teaching which they have grown up with. And most definitely not if it involves killing the creature(s) which they created themselves. So it would be stupid to expect them to do anything which might be considered worthwhile against these terrorist organizations who are responsible for terrorist activities in India. And therefore it has to be India which has to act. American pressure be damned. It will not work. Even now the Americans are giving all kinds of aid to Pakis, which off course is being used against India also, among other things. Had Americans been serious enough they would have squeezed this resource which Pakis use with impunity.
And so, I say again, India has to act. I know I had mentioned earlier that we should bomb ISI headquarters and the training camps. But unfortunately the time for such ‘surgical strikes’ is over. There won’t be any militant in those training camps now. If destruction of camps is the aim then it should have been a continuous policy wherein we could have done this covertly or overtly. But it’s too late for that now. As far as bombing ISI headquarters is concerned this too would not fetch any worthwhile result. It is the ‘will’ of Pakistan to hurt us which has to be broken, if you guys know what I mean. So, if this ‘will’ is to be broken we have to launch a full fledged attack. Yes, that’s what I’m saying. Attack Pakistan. Some of you may not agree with this. But unfortunately for us there is no other option.
The next question is what happens then? Some of you might even say that they have nukes which they might use when they are on the brink of defeat. Answer to that is also quite simple. Well, don’t defeat them completely. Don’t push them to the wall. Do something like launch a war and encircle a major city like Lahore which is very close to our borders. Don’t capture the city, just encircle it and cut it off from rest of Pakistan. And then use it to ‘blackmail’ Pakistan into doing what we want them to do. We can even bargain for POK in return for Lahore. With the kind of force superiority we have we can do this. It just might work. And even if it doesn’t work to the extent we want it to, our goals can be achieved. The terror network and the chief terrorists can be destroyed or taken into custody. With the infrastructure gone it would be pretty difficult for Pakistan to start from scratch all over again, especially in these tough economic times. Also, it’s not the eighties anymore when India was not alive to this kind of threat.
That’s what in my opinion is the way ahead for us. Aggression and balance. Those are the key words here. Right guys?”
What has changed between 22 Dec 08 and today is America’s response towards the whole issue. Just think of it, as far as Israel’s aggression in Gaza Strip is concerned America will not even condemn it. They are only saying that Hamas should learn how to co-exist with Israel and give up violence even when hundreds of Palestinians are dying in these attacks by Israel but for India their attitude is the absolute opposite. They say that ‘India must exercise restraint’ and ‘Pak must cooperate’ and words to that effect. But they are just that, ‘WORDS’. Because Pak govt is not doing anything about them. America has to do something more concrete than just talking crap. We’ve heard enough of it. If they don’t make Pakis mend their ways and hand over the culprits of these attacks Indians will soon run out of patience. And patience is one commodity which we are running pretty low on.
How long do you guys feel should we keep waiting? Its been more than a month now and not one idiot has been arressted by Pakis despite all the international pressure. Don’t you feel that we should be taking things in our own hands now?
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