Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, May 30, 2002

A comparison of the nuclear capabilities of Pakistan and India at Jane's.

A US Office of Technology assessment in 1993 quoted the dead and injured from a 20 kT warhead dropped on a city to be between 40,000 and 90,000, and for a 1 MT warhead to be between 60,000 and 2,000,000. Considering the population densities in the major Indian and Pakistani cities, it could be expected that the numbers of killed and injured, along with the degree of damage to facilities, would be high and that around 10-20 warheads could inflict devastating damage on both countries. In addition, the radiation fallout after an attack could spread several hundred miles.

However, a nuclear strike by either country could well turn out to be a pyrrhic victory since, due to the close proximity of several cities on either side of the Indo-Pakistani border, the resulting fallout could easily be blown back over the attacking country.

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