Fall 1998

Atomic rage

The recent Indian and Pakistani Nuclear tests were sober reminders that amid the euphoria surrounding the end of the Cold War, we still live in the shadow of awesome weapons of mass destruction. We have the capacity to destroy the entire human civilization. Indeed, after the Indian and Pakistani respective nuclear tests in May, the scientific community moved the doomsday clock to 11:51, twelve being the ground zero hour. If there is a silver lining in recent nuclear tests by India and Pakistan, it is bringing the issue of nuclear proliferation to the center stage of public debate and discourse once again.