Take a horrendous terrorist attack in Mumbai, throw in a war of words between Pakistan and India, and angry media commentators fighting their own blame-game war on various television channels in India and Pakistan, and you have the perfect combination to drive the average Indian and Pakistani’s blood pressure through the roof. Whatever happened to diplomacy and tact? Hasn’t the world already learned its lesson that rash emotions and declarations of war after 9/11 did not make the world a safer place? While I understand that Indians across the board have been left shell-shocked by the carnage and scenes of violence in Mumbai, and justice is necessary, it does not mean that one creates instability in an already unstable region, with each country possessing a stockpile of nuclear arsenal, amongst other arms and ammunition. Terrorism is a deadly menace, and must be tackled, but hasn’t history taught us that armed conflicts and military operations rarely ever result in the elimination of terrorist groups? War, has never been the answer to any problem, and this is a mistake world leaders make over and over again.
Imagine, if you will, a war between India and Pakistan. Imagine army tanks travelling across borders, soldiers dying in trenches, civilians eliminated by the millions, metropolitan cities like Karachi or Delhi eliminated by nuclear bombs. Think about that. John Lennon may have asked the world to give peace a chance, but for now I would be happy if we gave diplomacy a chance.