Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Drop a Nuke on Afghan-Pakistan Border, Member of House of Lords Suggests

Drop a Nuke on Afghan-Pakistan Border, Member of House of Lords Suggests:
smiling buddhaAs
on Reason 24/7 this morning, in defense of a
nuclear-armed world in the House of Lords, John Gilbert suggested
threatening to drop a neutron bomb on the Afghan-Pakistan border to
stop insurgents from crossing. “I am absolutely delighted that
nuclear weapons were invented when they were,” Lord Gilbert said

to the Huffington Post UK. Gilbert claimed only goat
herders occupied the area and that a good nuking would create a
“cordons sanitaire,” or “quarantine zone."
The former minister of state for defense in Tony Blair’s
government apparently does not think the concept of
mutually-assured destruction applies to Pakistan’s conventional
nuclear weaponry, which likely can’t reach Britain, or any
speculative dirty bomb detonation it might facilitate. Since
Pakistan announced it had developed a nuclear weapon in 1998, there
have been no large-scale wars between India and Pakistan. There
were three major conflicts between the two countries before India
tested a “peaceful” nuclear
device in 1974, and countless border incursions and skirmishes
since, but few in the last decade. Perhaps Lord Gilbert should have
suggested offering Afghanistan nuclear weapons instead. Let’s hope

doesn’t blow it out of proportion.