India: Kashmir Catches Fire

Kashmir Catches Fire

The pattern is being duplicated across the Vale of Kashmir, India's beautiful high mountain valley that is home to 4.6 million people, the vast majority of them Muslims. Passionate young men who want an independent Kashmir or union with neighboring Pakistan call for a general strike and demonstrations. The police in turn impose a curfew. Protesters start throwing stones, and frightened police respond with rifles. Last week 16 unarmed civilians died that way, while militants killed three policemen.

The Kashmiris' grievance against the Indian government stems from New Delhi's failure to abide by U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for a plebiscite...