Outside powers and the 1971 India-Pakistan War

Oct 2015
724
India
#11
Dear @Aupmanyav

USA, most likely, would not have dropped an atom bomb on an Indian city (though theoretically it could because it did in Hiroshima & Nagasaki). However, it had other options.

It could have landed American soldiers on a Bangladesh or Indian port challenging you to respond. Suppose Seventh Fleet blocades Chennai or Mumbai port preventing your naval ships and/or commercial consignments of oil, then how will India respond to an nuclear-weaponed fleet? Can't risk an attack for fear of nuclear retaliation. Even Seventh Fleet's conventional arms may have been better than ours.

Or it could have used conventional weapons to sink your ships & submarines in harbour? How could India respond?

Or it could have attacked India's naval fleet at high seas.

In large-scale military operations, when you (=India) have close to zero chance of winning against enemy (USA in this hypothetical case), you don't go on offensive. The risk of losing all your assets (=ships & submarines) are too high to take.
 

Aupmanyav

Ad Honorem
Jun 2014
4,858
New Delhi, India
#12
It could have landed American soldiers on a Bangladesh or Indian port challenging you to respond. Suppose Seventh Fleet blockades Chennai or Mumbai port preventing your naval ships and/or commercial consignments of oil, then how will India respond to an nuclear-weapon fleet? Can't risk an attack for fear of nuclear retaliation. Even Seventh Fleet's conventional arms may have been better than ours.
A blockade for some months does not matter. US has tried it in Cuba, N. Korea and Iran. There always are ways to circumvent it. And I do not think the European countries would have liked it. Many European countries do not like US arms-twisting of Iran.

Sure, the seventh fleet conventional arms could have caused a lot of damage on the coast, but landing an army is another matter. US tried it in Vietnam. Indian army does not consist of dolls. And do you think Russia would have witnessed it silently? Why did US never attacked Cuba? US was not the only super-power in the world (now there are recognized three even if you do not consider the others, though another six have nuclear weapons).
 

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