Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by armchair_jihad, Nov 9, 2007.
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Any chance of a cut and past? The PRC fire wall does not like that link.
Here you go AJ.
Cheers Ski, but I am at a loss to understand what the cartoon has to do with Pakistans nukes?
No worries Mr D and AJ, but I am also at a loss to the 'hidden meaning' of the image!
edited to add after seeing Mr D's post. - No, I still don't get it! but dont worry, metaphor is not one of my strong suits. I am more of a literalist!
Those Nukes are safe.
Pakistan Nuclear Security Questioned
Lack of Knowledge About Arsenal May Limit U.S. Options
By Joby Warrick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 11, 2007; Page A01
So basically if you control the military bases it's party time. You would need a bomb wonk of course. It's just as well AQ Khan is safely under lock and key.
So that's alright then.
I would be more worried who is incharge of the American Nukes.
IIRC the US did actually offer to supply some sort of PALs system, or at least the computer code for one, to the Pakistanis but they declined. Apparently they were a little too worried that the system might have been secretly piggy-backed to allow the US to track their warheads or remotely deactivate them so they couldn't be used.
Or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Live with Loose Nukes
By Thomas Donnelly[/align]
Does not think much of the "get into the ballpark and steal the ball option".
Any article that mentions dirty bombs and terrorists instantly makes me skeptical.
Unlike Iran Pakistan has not signed up to the NPT or CTBT, not all of Pakistan's nuclear facilities are under IAEA safeguards. The Pakistanis still rely on AQ Khan's murky nuclear network to provide much of the infrastructure of their program. BB recently offered to grant the IAEA access to Khan.
I think DC only knows what the military in Islamabad is willing to tell them and there is very little mutual trust in that relationship. What seems to be in place is notifications of nuke component movements within a few hours but this rests on a very shaky basis as there's no effective inspections regime like the IAEA provides elsewhere. That DC hasn't pressed Islamabad into normalizing its nuclear situation is looking like a major failure in US policy. DC has certain idealogical aversions to international treaties and institutions but here they are the rational means.
The danger here isn't so much when Mushie's head ends up on a pole and Pakistan's fairly marginal civilian Islamists rush to give AQ the bomb. It's the army itself that contains the threat. Any event that potentially splits the general staff is dangerous. That could equally well be BB's coronation or the inevitable coup that follows.
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