"We could sit on our hands or we
could slam the Pakistanis. And
we did, hard but politely."
The American superpower defeated the Soviet Union at the time of the "Cuban Missile Crisis" based on superior military power and willingness to contemplate the unthinkable. Tragic as it all may turn out in the more distant future, the Indians have just defeated Pakistan (with much US and some Israeli help). But the situation with Kashmir, and the internal political situation within Pakistan itself, may in the end make this all a very temporary truce whose outcome could be very different than that of the 'cold war' of yesteryear.