to let you know how much I keep current with the news nowadays, I just found out about the pakistani – indian conflict going over kashmir. I have quite a few indian friends and co-workers and several pakistani friends and everyone is worried as hell. they’ve each told me each of their viewpoints on the whole kashmir thing and to this day I’m still undecided about it all.
…you know the saying. there’s three sides to a story: my side, your side and the right one.
since I have never been to that area of the world, I am not even partially qualified enough to even make an opinion about who is right and who is wrong. what I do know however, is that both of these sides have to (in some way or another) find some sort of peaceful compromise. from what I understand that’s about as impossible as ending the war on terrorism in 1 week. 🙁
we’re dealing with some very old hatred here and with the nuclear capability each of these countries have, I am truly afraid of what the outcome will be of all of this. on august 5th, 1945 we showed the world the horrific power of the first generation nuclear bombs with the destruction of hiroshima, japan. three days later a second one detonated over nagasaki, japan raised the total amount of deaths from those two small bombs to about 300,000 people. with that came a harsh and ghastly realization… humanity now has the capacity to destroy itself. currently, we have the ability to do this many times over.
back then 300,000 people died from a significantly less powerful nuclear bomb than what we have produced in the decades after that. imagine the death tolls if just one bomb was detonated in either of those countries? also, what if one of the other 42 nuclear-capable countries decide to bomb another country as well? we could be thrown into another world war and after this third one, there won’t be very many of us left to rebuild the race. a truly tragic price to pay for a lesson that should have been learned less than a generation before.
“I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.” ~ Albert Einstein