India-Pakistan

I’m with Charles Pierce, shouldn’t something like this (or here for a slightly different version) be on the front page:

Indian officials are advising residents of strife-torn Kashmir to prepare for a possible nuclear war by building bombproof basements and stockpiling food and water, adding to tensions

“People should construct basements where the whole family can stay for a fortnight,” read the advisory, which was published Monday in the newspaper Greater Kashmir. It comes in the midst of the worst fighting in Kashmir between India and Pakistan since a cease-fire was signed in 2003. Three Pakistani and two Indian soldiers have been killed, and one of the Indian soldiers was found without his head.

It continued with bits like this:

The notice said that during a nuclear attack, motorists should dive out of their cars toward the blast to save themselves from being crushed by their soon-to-be tumbling vehicles.

“Expect some initial disorientation as the blast wave may blow down and carry away many prominent and familiar features,” it advises.

and:

If in the open during a nuclear attack, a person should “immediately drop to ground and remain in lying position,” the advisory said.

“Stay down after the initial shock wave, wait for the winds to die down and debris to stop falling. If blast wave does not arrive within five seconds of the flash, you were far enough from the ground zero.”

India says this is routine and doesn’t mean that a nuclear war with Pakistan is likely, but if this is routine doesn’t that mean it’s something we need to worry about? Especially when soldiers are getting their heads cut off?

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