Tuesday's terrorist attack in Mumbai raises yet
again the question whether "terrorism" is a single entity that can only
be fought on a global basis, or a set of distinct movements whose
separate causes need to be understood. No-one has yet claimed
responsibility, but the attack is being generally blamed on groups
fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir. Although Greg Sheridan in
this morning's Australiangives it no more than a passing mention, the problem of
Muslim-majority Kashmir remains an open wound on the Indian body
politic.

Not least of the evils coming from Tuesday's
attack is that it has made that problem harder to solve. If India now
makes moves towards addressing the Kashmiris' grievances, that will be
seen as giving in to terrorism, and will send a message to other
militants across the world that their goals can only be achieved by
murdering the innocent.