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India's Rough Neighborhood

Some things are easier said than done, and to talk of India launching a pre-emptive strike against Pakistan is one such thing.

Anyone who knows the volatility of the region, the degree of hatred between the extremist opponents on both sides and the fact that both countries are nuclear powers would not wish a war between the two countries.

An India-Pakistan war would not only present the threat of a nuclear clash, but also give extremist forces in the region an opportunity to drag the entire world into a war with unimaginable repercussions.

Pakistan is a next door nuclear power, and a very volatile place where outlaw groups could take the act of revenge in their own hands regardless of how their government might choose to respond to India's "self-defense."

Pakistan has said that any war with India would force it to relocate troops to its Indian border and away from its border with Afghanistan. That would nullify efforts made by the international community to fight outlaw groups in the Pakistan/Afghan border region.

One must also remember that terrorists target Pakistan more than they do India, and that any war between India and Pakistan will only serve the objectives of the renegade groups. So it should be clear to those in both countries that terrorism is a common enemy that should be confronted with a common, well-planned, bilateral approach.

And it should be clear to the international community that it's role is to help Pakistan with all necessary resources to clean up its image and its country from the plague of terrorism.

Every nation has the right for self-defense to deflect real threats coming from any other nation. India, however, knows that it cannot emulate America because Pakistan is not Iraq (or Afghanistan for that matter).

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