28 September, 2020

The Firefighter Cometh

It's difficult to set tolerance levels when neighbours 'speak' with megaphones and guns.

The Firefighter Cometh
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"The great tragedies of history often fascinate people with approaching horror. Paralysed, they cannot make up their minds to do anything but wait. So they wait, and one day the Gorgon devours them. But I should like to convince you that the spell can be broken... That strength of heart, intelligence, and courage are enough to stop fate and sometimes reverse it." - Albert Camus, 1956

President Bill Clinton arrives to the subcontinent at the sunset of his administration with the hope of strengthening a new, post-Cold War relationship with India and changing the dynamics of Indo-Pakistan enmity. Amid all of the hype and hoopla of a presidential visit far too long in coming, one overriding concern shadows the trip: India and Pakistan are again on a collision course.

Unless a course correction occurs, the Kashmir dispute is likely to spark another war, perhaps within three years. At present, there are no deeply embedded escalation control mechanisms and reliable lines of communication to establish parameters for another war. There is no agreed protocol, for example,...

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