sudeepj wrote:Unless a significant part of the Pakistani conventional capability is not visibly destroyed, unless the Pakistani economy is not destabilized, unless the avg. Pakistani starts facing hardships that they can directly link to their armies actions, this war will simply go on.
I don’t think anyone disagrees it would be nice to take out Pakistani conventional capability.
However, it will mean total war which is not just disproportionate to the outrage but will be a very expensive proposition.
Something more proportional, like a land-grab will humiliate them, will have a similar psychological effect as the destruction of their conventional capability - at a much lower cost,
Who knows, if the Pakistanis behave stupidly, in responding to the land grab and escalate the situation - it might very well end up in the destruction of Pakistani conventional capabilities.
And if you want to take our Pakistani military capabilities, responding to Pakistani aggression to take out their military capability is a cheaper and smarter way to do this.
It is more justifiable because being a victim and responding to an esclation is much more diplomatically palatable than being an aggressor. It is also much cheaper, because instead of Indian troops going to Pakistan and dealing with God only knows what kinds of unpleasantness in that god-forsaken country, if Pakistan escalates Pakistan will be the aggressor and Indian troops will be slaughtering them at the border - at a much lower cost for India both in terms of money and human lives.
Even if the end game is the destruction of Pakistani conventional capability - you have to start somewhere. A significant land grab (or a similar punishment) and forcing them to either respond or be humiliated (both bad choices) - is a great place to start.