India was wrong to test, but what can the world do?
25 May, 1998 · 96
Ramesh Thakur spells out the dilemma created by India's new nuclear tests at Pokharan
Despite this restraint,
The five nuclear powers have no moral authority to impose sanctions. They maintain stockpiles in defiance of a
The dilemma is this: A moderate response will be self-defeating. India's nuclear hawks will feel vindicated, saying that India is now being treated with respect because it has nuclear weapons, which should therefore be openly deployed in numbers. A harsh response will be self-fulfilling. The hawks will argue that a friendless
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