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Obama Silent on Kashmir Despite Devastating Conflict -- And Solution Has Been Outlined For Years

Today, Kashmir could spark a nuclear war that would have a global effect. It is short-sighted to ignore the UN's original proposal and instead pursue an anti-China alliance.

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Washington’s silence is no longer a viable option. “We are not asking the Americans to take a position against India and for Kashmir,” argues Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the spiritual leader of Kashmir’s separatists. “We are just saying that there is a general recognition that India and Pakistan need to be pushed in terms of a dialogue.” Others warn that Indian repression of the current non-violent movement might drive it to take up arms. “The status quo is not digestible for Kashmiris,” Sheikh Showkat Hussan, a Kashmir law professor, told the Financial Times.

Today, Kashmir is a vale of tears, a place capable of sparking off a nuclear war that would affect everyone on the globe. It need not be so.

Conn Hallinan is a Foreign Policy In Focus columnist. He also writes the blog, Distpatches from the Edge.

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