The looming threat

Red alert or advisory on a nuclear attack



No doubt it is the responsibility of the governments to prepare their nations for invisible calamities yet the recent advisory by J&K civil defense and state disaster force is alarming at a time when our borders with Pakistan are tense and politicians on both sides are fuming (GK Wednesday 22/1/13). My readers need to recollect the facts that I have many times warned regarding a nuclear catastrophe while Kashmir sitting on a nuclear flash point. That is why the advisory was issued from Kashmir and not from Pokhran where India had its first nuclear test in 1974.
The relations between the two countries deteriorated when a beheaded soldier’s body was received by Indian authorities after a border clash last month. Initially Pakistan reported an attack by Indian forces killing a Pakistani soldier that was followed by Indian complaint of two of its soldiers being killed and bodies mutilated-a heinous crime of course. The only way to ascertain the truth is to deploy a third party as a fact finding commission and the best available neutral agency is the UNIMOGIP group stationed in Kashmir and AJK. A nuclear threat in the subcontinent warrants the attention of world powers to overlook and diffuse a situation before it leads to a disaster. Human tendency is to disbelieve what happens to others can happen to us as well.
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The atomic bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were conducted by the United States during the final stages of World War II in 1945. These two events represent the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date.
 Following a firebombing campaign that destroyed many Japanese cities, the Allies prepared for a costly invasion of Japan. The war in Europe ended when Nazi Germany signed its instrument of surrender on 8 May, but the Pacific War continued. Together with the United Kingdom and the Republic of China, the United States called for a surrender of Japan in the Potsdam Declaration on 26 July 1945, threatening Japan with "prompt and utter destruction". The Japanese government ignored this ultimatum, and the United States deployed two nuclear weapons developed by the Manhattan Project. American airmen dropped Little Boy on the city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, followed by Fat Man over Nagasaki on 9 August.
 On 15 August, six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan announced its surrender to the Allies, signing the Instrument of Surrender on 2 September, officially ending World War II. The bombings led, in part, to post-war Japan's adopting Three Non-Nuclear Principles, forbidding the nation from nuclear armament. The role of the bombings in Japan's surrender and their ethical justification are still debated.
We need to remember the attack on Nagasaki and Hiroshima was never planned. It happened when negotiations between US and Japan failed resulting in to a great devastation of the recent history of the mankind. It is said in love and war things happen in a frenzy and then we justify everything is fear in love and war? Generally sudden outbreak of a war doesn’t give you time for defense. Ask our unfortunates living on the cease fire line that have been on the receiving end since 1947. While talking about an advisory on a nuclear attack we need to remember its disasters on Hiroshima and Nagasaki or recent leak of nuclear material at Chernobyl and think of confidence building between India & Pakistan through a solution to Kashmir problem. 

(The columnist is the author of the book, ‘Kashmir in search of peace.’)

Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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