The World: India and Pakistan: Poised for War

THE first warning that a serious clash had occurred came in an announcement over Radio Pakistan. India, it said, "has launched an all-out offensive against East Pakistan without a formal declaration of war." That charge proved to be false; it was not a full-fledged war —yet. On the other hand, it was certainly not a trifling skirmish, as Indian spokesmen at first euphemistically described it.

For months, border battles had broken out almost daily between troops of the two nations. The conflict that finally erupted last week along the...

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