Sunday, October 08, 2006

More Pakistani blues...

I've mentioned India's escalating feud with Pakistan, and the likelihood of it breaking out into a shooting war, before; I've also mentioned that the fact that NATO has troops in Afghanistan on Pakistan's northern border changes the dynamic considerably from earlier Indo-Pakistani flareups.

Apparently, NATO unit commanders in-theater agree.

Musharraf has a tiger by the tail, only nominally in charge of a military and national intelligence service riddled with Taliban and Al Qaeda sympathizers, at the helm of a nation ready to topple to a fundamentalist Islamist revolution at any time.

Will NATO play hardball? Will India's grievances trigger another shooting war? Will Iran and longtime ally-of-convenience China stand by if that happens?

Tune in next episode and find out.

(H/T to Never Yet Melted.)


Matt G said...

India: 1.07 BILLION people.

Pakistan: 167M people.

Kashmir holds the water, and India's putting up dams.

Both have nukes.

Both have per capita GDPs under $3500.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

staghounds said...

Here's the War Nerd's review-

"...hand-to-hand fighting 18,000 feet up in the Himalayas makes me tired just thinking about it. "