A Dark Vision

My darkest fear is of mankind’s possession of weapons of mass destruction. Consider the current situation of India and Pakistan. Recently The New York Times reported that India, in its enduring conflict with Pakistan, is considering a policy of “first use”, meaning the next border incursion, say in Kashmir, would trigger an Indian “first use” of a tactical nuclear weapon. This, would put Pakistan in the position of having to “use it or lose ” their nuclear arsenal. The Times article said the inevitable consequence of such an exchange would be a discharge into the atmosphere of sufficient matter to cause a decade long “nuclear winter” producing worldwide famines and a billion deaths. Likewise North Korea will soon be able to deploy their nukes so as to threaten Japan or even the United States. How long before a terrorist organization gets possession of one of these devices and uses it?

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