Dude! You're convoluting the issue more it already is in reality! My points are: - India will not want a full scale war; yet Pakistan must be punished for its aggression. - As such India could adopt an approach that will allow the punishment to be meted out, yet keep the risk of escalation to a full scale war to a minimum (like it did during the 'surgical strike' - where the target was jihadis alone) - Pakistan has plausible deniability for the use of tens of thousands of jihadis against India, because India gave it on a silver platter. India always needed an excuse not to go to war with Pakistan. So, even if it got battered and hundreds of thousands of Indians died (by Paki supported terrorism) India did not attack Pakistan claiming that the terrorists were not Paki army! - Once India overtly links the terrorists to Paki state (which just requires India to bring its head out of sand) and punishes the Paki state (and the world supports India's actions) then Pakistan loses the plausible deniability. - Coming to the attack options. Brahmos launch will make the operations surgical; keeping escalation factors to a minimal. (imagine if all para SF died during surgical strikes, then there would be greater impulse on Indian side to escalate) - Air strikes as the very first option has a high chance of putting both sides in an intractable escalation path. - Brahmos strike could also lead to escalation, but at least there's better chance of containment early on. At this time, we'll just have to wait and watch what India does. Traditional shelling on LOC probably won't satisfy the Indian conscience anymore. Short of putting the heads of Masoor Azad & Hafiz Saeed on a pike, India should at least destroy their brazen symbols - their head quarters. Pakis will have a choice either come to defend Jaish/Lashkar (who they claim don't exist or not connected to army) or ignore any thing happened on their land!