Due to America’s immense power and wealth, our foreign policy actions establish the norms of behavior for other countries, for better and often worse. India’s airstrikes against Pakistan after a terrorist-group sponsored by that country killed 40 Indian soldiers were definitely inspired by President Obama’s raid on Osama bin Laden’s complex.
But India, notes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia, is playing with fire. “America got away with the bin Laden raid without immediate consequences because it isn’t Pakistan’s mortal enemy and doesn’t have to share a neighborhood with it,” she notes. India, however, does not have that luxury. Terrorism is a scourge and a bane. But the hard reality is that containment, for all its flaws, is the least bad strategy for dealing with it.