Getting Testy

A reasonable New Year's resolution for India and Pakistan might have been to stop playing nuclear brinkmanship. Instead, 2003 in South Asia has begun with both countries reassuring each other that destruction would be mutual. Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf had rung out the old year by boasting that he had forced India to back down during last year's tense standoff in Kashmir by threatening to go beyond conventional warfare. On Jan. 4, New Delhi responded by announcing it had established a command and control structure for its nuclear arsenal. Then, three days later, Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes further ratcheted up...

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