THE United States has warned against the risk of a nuclear conflict in South Asia with State Department spokesman claiming Washington was concerned by the increased security challenges that accompany growing stockpiles and the increased risk that a conventional conflict between India and Pakistan could escalate to include nuclear use.
Echoing similar concerns about possibility of any nuclear war in the world, during his visit to Hiroshima last month, which bore the brunt of misuse of nuclear technology by the United States, US President Barack Obama opined that technology as devastating as the nuclear arms, demands a ‘moral revolution’. However, seventy years down the history, there is little to support that the world is moving towards that moral revolution. Policies and actions of the United States itself run contrary to what President Obama espouses on the issue as he lectures others about nuclear morality but his administration takes steps to endanger regional and world peace. The policy of the United States on civil nuclear cooperation with India and going out of the way to seek India’s entry into NSG folds is classic example of double standards on nuclear issues. There is, of course, spectre of nuclear conflict in South Asia but the question arises what the United States is doing to avoid it or is just trying to squeeze Pakistan. Generous cooperation being extended to India in the realm of nuclear technology in the name of civil nuclear cooperation would sharpen New Delhi’s nuclear teeth and Pakistan would understandably forced to take measures to safeguard its security interests. NSG membership for India would also be a step towards that direction, making South Asia more vulnerable to any nuclear conflict. If the United States is genuinely interested to prevent nuclear conflict in South Asia, it should adopt a just and even handed approach to nuclear issue in the region.