India – Pakistan : people on both sides don’t want zero-sum game

by: Omar Ali

Some Indians are very conflicted about Pakistan (as much as some Pakistanis are conflicted about India) and want to see it destroyed or hurt or at least begging for mercy. That is a stupid idea because India (or any other country for that matter) cannot do that to 180 million people without paying a price. On the other hand, some Pakistanis are equally unrealistic: they think the best way to make India behave better towards Pakistan is for Pakistan to stick sharp things up India’s whatever until India begs for mercy. The problem is with the whole notion that either country can actually force their will on the other. The problem is solved once you realize that reasonable people on both sides don’t want this zero-sum game and if they cooperate instead of trying to make each other cry uncle, then things can improve dramatically and no one needs to get hurt. Lets see if common sense (that the two countries share living space, culture, history and destiny and one cannot thrive while the other starves) prevails or not…

Courtesy: CRDP, May 2, 2010

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