We are therefore in an extraordinarily difficult crisis. The three players each have strategic interests that simply don't mesh. If Washington convinces New Delhi to wait, it will have to convince Islamabad to stay in India's crosshairs and India to put up with intolerable attacks. If India proceeds, it essentially would save al-Qaida by shattering Pakistan. In the event of complete mismanagement, a nuclear exchange costing millions of lives is a genuine possibility.
This is a well written summary of the current cluster-fuck in Central Asia. World War III has to start somewhere, and Eastern Europe isn't what it used to be.
India, Pakistan, The United States, Kashmir, and Nuclear Bombs: Its a party, and everyone is invited!