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Gilbert Nolander
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Washington DC
Insane since: May 2002

posted posted 06-01-2002 00:46

One of my friends sent me this today, I feel it of utmost importance.

I am sending out this note simply to call for your prayers (for those who pray), or focused meditations (for those who meditate), regarding the escalating threat of all out nuclear war between Pakistan and India, which the international news sources have suggested is one step closer to a reality, based on a dramatic increase in military forces along their shared border in disputed Kashmir.

U.S. and British governments have released a statement that all non-essential personnel and their dependents are strongly encouraged to depart from the region due to the military escalation between the Pakistan and India. Some international military personnel present in Pakistan are being pulled back to bases in Afghanistan.

A statement from the Pentagon, released this afternoon, suggested that upwards to 17 million people could lose their lives in such a confrontation, a confrontation that U.S. and British diplomats are hoping to de-escalate, but apparently feel they are not having success.

Many Americans will hear the words India and Pakistan and will deduce, "Well, that doesn't affect me. I'm over here in the U. S. of A."

Wrong. Besides the horrific loss of life, which should be enough for any sane government to do away completely with their nuclear arsenal, the implications to the global natural environment are astonishing. The implications to the relative stability of the region is also of grave concern to some military analysts, who predict that China (another of India's foes for their willing aid and assistance given to Tibetan refugees, including harboring the Tibetan government-in-exile of the Dalai Lama) would take an opportunistic approach to a war-torn India, some suggesting that the U.S. and Britain would then be forced to take a confrontational stance against China.

The situation is complex, multi-dimensional, and, from a foreign policy point of view, seems a bit like the row of dominos lined up on the wobbly table.

Hence, my call to prayer. I ask that we all light a candle for peace for the next three evenings, and focus our thoughts and prayers for a turning back the tides of these conflictual energies on our planet. May the world leaders exercise profound care and discernment in all of their choices, considering what the long-range effects are of their decisions.

An Sith (In Peace)


Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Seoul, Korea
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted posted 06-01-2002 04:51

I've been keeping an eye on the situation these days, and it's got me pretty worried. It almost looks as if war is inevitable, but I'm trying to be optimistic. And yes, I'm praying.

[Edit: I was thinking, in this day and age, I'm not sure if there's such a thing as distant trouble anymore, no matter where we are. But that was your point, wasn't it...]

Cell 270

[This message has been edited by Suho1004 (edited 06-01-2002).]

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: New California
Insane since: Mar 2000

posted posted 06-01-2002 05:21

The day I learned each country got nukes, I got very concerned. I'm praying and it seems they are very close to a limited nuclear war. I've heard estimates that 12 million would die in the initial attack and several million others in the aftermath.

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Maniac (V) Inmate

From: The Land of one Headlight on.
Insane since: May 2001

posted posted 06-01-2002 06:41

Very very worrisome.

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Happy Hunting Grounds...
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted posted 06-01-2002 07:03

Well, what did you think the 'war' in Afghanistan would do? Quite simply, it un-stabilized the area...that was something everyone could see, right?

I'm more worried about what China will do...they are also sitting on the border to India...any nuclear attack on India will result in fallout...I'm sure the Chinese wouldn't be too pleased about that...and would serve to un-stabilize the region further...

Even without nukes, a major war between Pakistan and India would have an overwhelming effect on the stability of the region...and their neighbors...

And that is worrisome...look at the big picture...

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