India: The Cobra & the Mongoose

As long as Kashmir remains an issue between them, India and Pakistan will rage at each other with the furious in tensity of a cobra and a mongoose. Three weeks ago, the United Nations Security Council shelved debate on the thorny problem without recommending any action. The debate had hardly ended when a furious volley of gunfire erupted along the troubled Kashmir cease-fire line, leaving 23 Indian policemen dead and missing.

How the fight started depended on whose story you believed. Pakistan claimed that a contingent of Indian troops tried to destroy...

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