Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Dangerous Flashpoint -Violence between India and Pakistan

There is a little conflict starting up again which we should really be paying more attention too.

 Over 160 people have been killed in violence on in the Kashmir Region in the past month. Some of those killed have been soldiers, both Indian and Pakistani.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since Pakistan became independent from India in 1947. Two of those wars were over the Kashmir Region. India considers the entire region of snow-capped mountains and fertile valleys an integral part of its territory.

Muslim Pakistan contests that and demands implementation of a 1948 U.N. Security Council resolution for a plebiscite to determine the wishes of the mostly Muslim people of Kashmir.

Relations had shown signs of improving in the past year after souring again in 2008 after the Mumbai bloodshed.

Why should we pay any more attention to this then hundreds of other conflicts going on around the world you ask? Because, my friends, these two nations are both armed with nuclear weapons. A few years ago they almost came to war. Both sides had their nuclear missiles armed and ready to fire. Newspapers around the world were estimating the number of casualties in a first exchange (25 million). At least one US TV Network News outfit was even predicting how the radioactive fallout would affect the rest of the world.

This violence is a little different then we have seen recently. This time it involves uniformed members of both country’s armed forced. –And it is getting worse daily, not better.

Keep your eye on this one. It has the potential to turn nasty fast –I’m just saying…

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