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Airstrikes Won’t Fix India’s Pakistan Problem

The retaliatory attack may boost the government, but it isn't likely to prevent more terrorist activity in Kashmir.

Patriotic sloganeering won’t help, either. 

Patriotic sloganeering won’t help, either. 

Photographer: T.S Narayan/Bloomberg
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India is crowing after launching airstrikes into neighboring Pakistan for the first time outside of war, in retaliation for a Feb. 14 suicide bombing that claimed the lives of 40 members of the Indian security forces in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian officials say the predawn strikes killed more than 300 militants and destroyed the “biggest training camp” run by Jaish-e-Mohammed, the terrorist group that has claimed responsibility for the Kashmir attack.

Ruling party officials are boasting of the “decisive” action taken by a “New India.” Newspapers and TV networks are blaring giddily patriotic headlines and suggesting Pakistan has been taught a lesson it won’t forget. A burger chain is offering 20 percent discounts in celebration, under the hashtag “#SorryNotSorry.”