These past two weeks, pundits in the media have gone back and forth
discussing and analyzing the implications of the nuclear arms race
between India and Pakistan. The concerning tone of their voices is
reasonable, but the accusation that Pakistan is some how the aggressor,
and has provoked this arms race is absolutely illogical.
Two weeks ago I attended a very informing conference at the Stimson
Center in Washington D.C. The topic of the conference was “The
Challenges of Chemical Weapons Proliferation and Use.” A very important
subject, considering what recently happened in Syria.
One of the speakers, Ambassador Robert Mikulak, the US Permanent
Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons (OPCW), pointed out that it came as a great shock to the
international community in 1996, a month after India has ratified the
CWC, to learn that India had a substantial chemical weapons stockpile.
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