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India, Pakistan
and the Bomb

A timely feature article from the
December issue of
Scientific American

"The Indian subcontinent is the most likely
place in the world for a nuclear war"

From Scientific American

India, Pakistan and the Bomb
by M. V. RAMANA and A. H. NAYYAR

   The Indian subcontinent is the most likely
    place in the world for a nuclear war

"THROUGH THE STREETS OF KARACHI, a mock missile is paraded by Pasban,
a youth wing of Pakistan's main fundamentalist party, Jamaat-e-Islami. The parade took
place in February 1999 on a day of solidarity with Kashmiris in India-administered Kashmir.
Such enthusiasm for nuclear weapons is widespread, though not universal, in both India
and Pakistan.

As the U.S. mobilized its armed forces in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September
11, the world's attention focused on Pakistan, so crucial to military operations in Afghanistan.
When Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf pledged total support for a U.S.-led multinational
force on September 14, many people's first thought was: What about Pakistan's nuclear
weapons? Could they fall into the hands of extremists? In an address to his nation, Musharraf
proclaimed that the "safety of nuclear missiles" was one of his priorities. The Bush administration
began to consider providing Pakistan with perimeter security and other assistance to guard its
nuclear facilities." [...]

Critical Mass

"Making Nuclear Weapons Material  Deployment increases the risk that nuclear
weapons will be used in a crisis through accident or miscalculation. With missile flight
times of three to five minutes between the two countries, early-warning systems are
useless." [...]

Other related links . . . [going back in time to the Cuban
Missile Crisis in October of 1962, the closest the world has
ever come to all-out nuclear war]

Radio and Television Report to the American People
on the Soviet Arms Buildup in Cuba

President John F. Kennedy
The White House
October 22, 1962

View the trailer to the recent film based on these
historic events, at:

13 Days 
(requires RealAudio. To download
a free player, go to

And for a remarkable commentary on the film, view a 10 minute
clip of the one the actual key players at the time, the former
Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, go to:

Robert McNamara on Cuba, Nuclear Weapons and Fallibility

"The Carnegie Endowment hosted the premiere of the movie "Thirteen Days" in Russia,
bringing together some of the principals involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis to view the
film and engage in a discussion of the historic event. The following are excerpted remarks
by Robert McNamara, President Kennedy's Secretary of Defense."
McNamara's commentary (requires RealAudio. To download
a free player, go to

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