Extra! Extra! Read all about it. India has successfully launched a missile with nuclear capability and a range of 3,100 miles, giving it the ability to strike Beijing and Shanghai, and heightening fears of an Asian arms race.
Reading all about it reminded me of a post, "The Nuclear Club", whichI wrote on 1/27/2007, more than five years ago. An excerpt follows:
But what of The Nuclear Club? The Nuclear Club expanded to include the
Soviet Union. The price of admission ? A free pass due to a lapse in security in
the United States! The United Kingdom joined - it's entry assured by it's
cooperation in the Manhattan Project. Then came France. No outcry - what are
allies for? In turn China, India and Pakistan were admitted to the club. The
price of admission ? A free pass again as merchants of death discovered that
millions were to made by helping these countries develop a nuclear capability.
And then there was Israel . Israel did not seek admission - they preferred to
keep their nuclear capability secret. So now we have North Korea and Iran. Both
desperately want to join the club but the club members apparently think they are
unfit to hobnob with such an august group. The price of admission? Capitulation!
In the end the price will be lowered under the guise of peaceful use of nuclear
energy. In the end The Nuclear Club will not be such an exclusive entity. In the
end greed and alliances will foster even more proliferation of nuclear power.
Let us pray that it will indeed not be THE END!
Little has changed since 2007. Club members are still flirting with "THE END" and wanabe members are getting closer and closer to qualifying for membership.
What are the odds that The United Nations will bless some sort of "Stand Your Ground" resolution when it comes to nuclear missiles?