Cold War Heats Up

M. MAHAJAN/AP

Armed and Ready: Indian troops on patrol near Kashmir

If it wasn't for cricket, South Asia's favorite sport would be brinkmanship. Both India and Pakistan play it expertly, and frequently; practically every year, they come to the very edge of war, yet somehow manage not to tip over. In this macabre contest, the score is measured in corpses: daily skirmishes between the two sworn enemies claim an average of 15 lives, most of them in the disputed region of Kashmir. But last week, the game took an even deadlier turn, with both countries rushing more troops and tanks to the 2,900-km border that separates them. The usual exchange of shelling...

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