Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Nuclear Kindling

The terrorists who shot up Bombay still openly operate in Pakistan:

Ten months after the devastating attacks in Mumbai by Pakistan-based militants, the group behind the assault remains largely intact and determined to strike India again, according to current and former members of the group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and intelligence officials.

Despite pledges from Pakistan to dismantle militant groups operating on its soil, and the arrest of a handful of operatives, Lashkar has persisted, even flourished, since 10 recruits killed 163 people in a rampage through Mumbai, India’s financial capital, last November.

I'm appalled that L-e-T still operates in Pakistan. Actually I'm shocked that India and Pakistan didn't go to war over the terrorism attack and Pakistan's role in allowing it. I assume we put massive pressure on India to restrain themselves.

I'm also sure that we were supposed to get Pakistan to dismantle the terror network targetting India as a price of that restraint.

Should there be another terrorism attack traced to Pakistan, I don't think India will hold back. India will at least launch air attacks on terrorist bases in Pakistan. India might mobilize as a threat to Pakistan to finally do something.

Then we might have two nuclear powers slugging it out. How long does the fighting have to last before somebody starts getting nervous about using or losing their nuclear arsenal?

Should that happen, we won't even be pondering the bad effects on our war in Afghanistan and Pakistan's tribal areas.