South Asians must stand together

South Asians must stand together
India and Pakistan must avoid confrontation and crush the extremists who seek to divide the region
Hassan Abbas, Guardian, January 11, 2009, Taipai Times, Jan. 14, 2009; The Japan Times, January 13, 2009, The Korea Herald, Jan. 14, 2009

The terrorist assault in Mumbai targeted not only India's economy and sense of security. Its broader goal was to smash the India-Pakistan détente that has been taking shape since 2004. The attackers did not hide their faces or blow themselves up with suicide jackets. Anonymity was not their goal. They wanted to be identified as defenders of a cause. Unless this cause is fully understood, and its roots revealed across the region, this attack may prove to be the beginning of the unmaking of south Asia.

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