The Third Nuclear Horn Of Pakistan Is The New Villain (Daniel 8:8)

The villains of the second nuclear age
Pakistan nuclear arsenal
Even as Pakistan accelerates its nuclear weapons programme, there seems to be all-round silence about its activities
 

Gayatri Chandrasekaran

Recent reports suggest Pakistan is accelerating its nuclear weapons programme. A US-based think-tank, Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), released a report along with photographs that says external construction of the Khushab complex’s fourth reactor is complete and that it has “become operational.” Khushab is a nuclear complex in Pakistan’s Punjab province where its plutonium generation and processing activities are carried out. The first nuclear reactor there was activated in 1996. ISIS estimates in the report “the power of the original heavy water reactor to be about 50 MWth while reactors 2, 3, and 4 are believed to generate double or more the power of the first one, and are thus capable of producing more than double the amount of weapon-grade plutonium per year”. The report also states, “images show that some new construction activity is taking place in the south-west corner of the Khushab site, south of reactors 2, 3, and 4. It is not yet clear what this activity is. One possibility that cannot be ruled out is that this activity could be for the construction of another reactor”. The number of Pakistan’s nuclear transgressions is so large that by now, any report suggesting a new violation is consumed wearily. The result, however, is a strange silence. There has been no noise from the US administration; no angry news reports and certainly no reaction from the non-proliferation lobby in the US. It is as if Pakistan stepping up the pace of its nuclearization is a routine development and nothing to be worried about. Nuclear offenders This is in sharp contrast to how concerned western countries, especially the US, are about nuclear instability in Asia. Reports and research that focus on the nuclear arms race between India, Pakistan and China, tend to consistently imply that the race is being led or caused by India and not by Pakistan or China. Consider, for example, a November 2014 report by the Council on Foreign Relations (Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age, Gregory D. Koblentz). Koblentz estimates that “by 2020, Pakistan could have a fissile material stockpile sufficient to produce more than two hundred nuclear weapons”. Yet, at various points in the report are arguments such as these: 1) While Pakistan is focused predominantly on the threat posed by India, it is reportedly also concerned by the potential for the United States to launch a military operation to seize or disarm Pakistani nuclear weapons. (page 18) (after the Abbottabad raid to kill Osama bin Laden) 2) China’s…modernization of its nuclear forces and development of antisatellite (ASAT) and missile defense capabilities, has triggered a reaction from India, which causes grave concern in Pakistan. (page 21) 3) The size and composition of Pakistan’s nuclear forces appear increasingly dictated by India’s growing conventional military capabilities. (page 27) 4) …changes in China’s nuclear force posture aimed at maintaining an assured retaliation capability against the United States could trigger a reaction by India and therefore Pakistan. (page 29) In all these arguments, Pakistan’s nuclear reaction is seen to be the result of concern for its safety and security. In three out of the four cases mentioned above, it is seen as the direct result of India strengthening its abilities that will necessarily trigger a reaction from Pakistan. Both Pakistan and China (see 1, 2 and 4), under perceived threats from the US, are free to modernize and expand their nuclear arsenal, but India’s response to a perceived Chinese or Pakistani threat is seen as increasing instability. According to 3, Pakistan’s decisions are based on India’s expansion of its conventional military capabilities. The truth is that India’s security challenges are now far more complex, spanning both unconventional (terrorist and non-state actors) and conventional threats. India’s nuclear programme is not opaque and after the signing of an additional protocol with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), its military and civilian nuclear programmes are clearly demarcated. Reports such as the one issued by CFR describe what is going on—the continuing arms race in Asia, Pakistan’s aggressive acquisition of nuclear material and China’s modernization of its arsenal—but they don’t get to the root of the problem: what is driving this race? In Pakistan’s case, any outside observer can understand its security dilemmas—an inimical neighbour to the East and a porous and insecure border to the West. But what explains its breakneck generation of plutonium far beyond what is necessary for a credible nuclear deterrent, one that it already has? One answer could be that it does not understand the role of nuclear weapons. These weapons cannot be seen from the prism of more weapons implying greater security. Because they cannot be used in the way other military equipment is used, acquiring a greater number does not make sense. The other way to look at the Pakistani nuclear problem is the fear of these weapons being snatched by India and the US. Even this is hard to believe. By now, Pakistan has so many nukes that it is impossible to carry out a snatch operation to grab every single weapon. The new nuclear reactor at Khushab, the breakneck pace at which plutonium and other nuclear materials are being generated and the security of all these materials in a country with extreme insecurities—terrorists often strike at will anywhere, including military facilities—are all disturbing issues. The world should sit up and take notice. India should for sure. Global Roaming runs every Tuesday to take stock of international events and trends from a political and economic perspective.Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/XaOv1ZhlkApXkxlEf2y32O/The-villains-of-the-second-nuclear-age.html?utm_source=copy

The Iran Revolutionary Guard Threatens Israel (Daniel 8:4)

Iranian IRGC chief vows ‘devastating thunderbolts’ on Israel
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Tehran threatens Israel after strike attributed to the IAF killed six Hezbollah fighters and six Iranian military men, including a general.

Roi Kais
Published: 01.20.15, 14:45 / Israel News

After confirming one of its generals was among those killed in an airstrike attributed to Israel in the Syrian Golan on Sunday, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said Tuesday that Israel should expect “devastating thunderbolts” in response to the attack.

This, Mohammad Ali Jafari said, will be “a new beginning point for the imminent collapse of the Zionist Regime.”

Tensions in the Golan Heights have been high since Sunday, when a helicopter fired two missiles, killing Jihad Mughniyeh, Hezbollah’s commander of the Syrian Golan sector and the son of master terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, along with five other Hezbollah fighters and six Iranian military personnel – including Iranian General Mohammed Ali Allah Dadi of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The attack was largely attributed to Israel, but so the IDF has neither confirmed nor denied the reports.

Meanwhile, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said Tuesday in a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu that “the terrorist act by the Zionist regime in the Golan Heights was the continuation of the regime’s crimes in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon and their open support for Takfiri terrorists.”

The IDF raised its alert level on the northern front on Monday, in positions along the border with Syrian and Lebanon, as foreign media outlets reported that Iron Dome batteries were being deployed in the North.

Apart from the deployment of the missile interceptor batteries on the northern front – reported by Sky News in Arabic – there has not been a significant reinforcement of the forces on the border.
Yet, there are concerns in the security establishment that Hezbollah will attempt a retaliatory terror attack against Israeli forces which operate along the border. Thus, the soldiers were ordered to increase their level of alert and preparedness.

The international community is also concerned of a retalitory attack – France and the United States were working together on the diplomatic level in an attempt to keep restraint among all sides, Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar reported.

Hezbollah sources told the paper the organization’s response to the attack will likely happen outside of Lebanon.

Newspapers affiliated with Hezbollah estimated that organization chief Hassan Nasrallah will make a speech soon to respond to the attack. Nasrallah was scheduled to speak on February 16 on the 7th anniversary of Imad Mughniyeh’s death, as he does every year, but some believe he will speak as early as next week.

Antichrist Controls His Men (Revelation 13:16)

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Iraqi Shi’ite radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr speaks next to Iraq’s Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi (R) during a news conference in Najaf, south of Baghdad, on Monday. (Reuters)

The Nuclear Dragon: Preparing for Armageddon (Revelation 16:13)

Documentaries ‘The Bomb’ & ‘Uranium – Twisting The Dragon’s Tail’ to Premiere in Summer 2015 on PBS

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January 19th, 2015

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Atomic Test – Dominic Bluestone, Christmas Island. Photo Courtesy: Ken Hackman

TWO NEW DOCUMENTARIES MAKE SUMMER 2015 DEBUT— THE BOMB and URANIUM – TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL

THE BOMB Is Presented Near the 70th Anniversary of the Trinity Test — the First Explosion of an Atomic Bomb — and the Bombing of Hiroshima in 1945

URANIUM – TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL Offers Viewers a Look at the History and Significance of One Chemical Element That Has Shaped the Modern World

PASADENA, CA; January 19, 2015 — At the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour today, PBS announced two new thought-provoking documentaries: THE BOMB, a history of nuclear weapons and how they shaped our world, and URANIUM – TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL, an in-depth look at the chemical element used in nuclear weaponry, hosted by physicist and YouTube star Dr. Derek Muller. The documentaries are timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the first explosion of an atomic bomb, and the bombing of Hiroshima, essentially the dawn of the nuclear age. Both programs premiere in July 2015.

Using state-of-the-art transfer techniques to turn recently declassified images into vivid, jaw-dropping footage, THE BOMB tells a powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history. From the earliest testing stages to its use as the ultimate chess piece in global politics, the program outlines how America developed the bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives.

Viewers witness the raw power and strangely compelling beauty of rare and pristine images of above-ground nuclear tests. The documentary includes interviews with historians Richard Rhodes, Martin Sherwin, Robert Norris, Sergei Khrushchev and others, along with men and women who helped build the weapon piece by piece. Audiences also hear from former Secretary of State George Shultz and Secretary of Defense William Perry, who reveal how the bomb was viewed inside government circles, as well as those who hold firsthand memories of seeing the first mushroom clouds fill the skies.
This groundbreaking film provides captivating insights through its masterfully restored footage and its assemblage of voices who were there when the atomic age began.

In URANIUM – TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL, host and physicist Dr. Derek Muller unlocks the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth’s most controversial elements. Dr. Muller embarks on an epic journey across the globe to explain the fascinating details of uranium’s birth and life. Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction. It has revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare. It is an element that has profoundly shaped the past, will change the future and will exist long after humans have left the Earth. Filmed on five continents, the two-hour program, produced by Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Sonya Pemberton, delivers a gripping story of an ancient element’s footprint on the world.

“We are who we are because of uranium,” Muller says. “It unlocks the secrets of the universe and reveals the nature of reality. It’s both a dream of clean limitless power and a nightmare of a silent, poisoned Earth.”

“PBS is the place to untangle complicated issues like harnessing nuclear power and the use of destructive forces,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS. “These two documentaries offer a chance to contemplate the indelible impact America’s nuclear age has had on our parents, grandparents and ourselves, and they will surely spark conversations in homes across the country.”

Credits: 

THE BOMB is written and directed by Rushmore DeNooyer. Executive producer is Kirk Wolfinger. A Lone Wolf production for PBS. Bill Margol, Senior Director, Programming & Development, developed and oversees the project for PBS.

URANIUM – TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL is written and directed by Wain Fimeri and developed and produced with support from SBS Australia, Film Victoria and Screen Australia. A Genepool production for PBS. Bill Gardner, Vice President, Programming & Development, oversees the project for PBS.