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INDIA AND PAKISTAN FIND ANOTHER REASON TO GO TO WAR
October 15 2011
Delhi, India – It is possible, probable, that there will eventually be a major conflict between India and Pakistan in the near future. While it is unlikely that the conflict will be worst case scenario, considering that both nations have nuclear weapons, as war between the two would still be destructive and devastating to the region.
Aside from political differences and continued debate over Kashmir, the two simply don’t get along. In fact the whole reason Pakistan exists was because the peoples simply didn’t agree with one another, something which continues today. Now, in a world and a region that is growing rapidly, there is nothing but room for conflict between the two nations, especially when it comes to resources.
It is those scarce resources which have now become a new source of tensions between the nations, in particular the Indus River. That river, which flows from Indian-controlled Kashmir through Pakistan, is a major source of water for both nations, providing drinking water, water for irrigation, and water to support the textile industry so crucial to both nations. Now with both nations depending more and more heavily on that single source, the pair has found yet another reason to hate each other and another motivation to blow the bejeesus out of one another.
“This is a tough situation. The river is very important to India and they control the mouth, but it is essential to Pakistan. It is their primary source of water and it fuels not only their industry but also hydroelectric plants. Without the Indus, Pakistan will
dry up,” said an insider for the Indian government. “We know this, but we also require the water. Our country uses the water in the same way and at the same capacity. It would not destroy our country to give up more water, but it would hurt greatly.”
In Pakistan, shortages have already begun. Water theft in the country is estimated to be a $500 million dollar business.
“This is not because we dislike the Pakistanis or the people of that country, we simply have needs and the people and government there will simply have to deal with this reality. Water is important to the people of India, perhaps more so than the people of Pakistan because we actually bathe,” continued the insider. “That does consume a lot of water and lot of resources, something the Pakistanis simply cannot understand. Add to that the importance of Indians needing water to drink and all the other factors and you have a severe problem, at least for them. We’re fine with it frankly and that’s really what matters.”
Both sides also need water to clean their bayonets and to clean their guns.
“It has become clear in recent years that water is going to be the next commodity, the next rare resource on the planet and it’s likely that it’s shortage will cause a lot of conflicts all over the planet, especially if people keep having babies,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “And, unfortunately, water is very necessary for having babies. Babies have to be washed, fed, mothers get thirsty. It’s a real burden. Maybe if they stop having babies it won’t be such a big deal but that will be a challenge. Of course Pakistan keeps flooding so they may just be complaining just to complain.”
The Pakistani government declined to complain to us.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent