In Israel, it is possible that Armageddon will be announced in a text message.
The Israeli Home Front Command has just completed a trial examining the use of the SMS network to alert citizens of incoming missiles.
So among all the usual reminders to buy bread on the way home and arrangements for coffee meets could be the confirmation of World War III.
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Until Siimon Reynolds came along when I was 11 years old and scared the living daylights out of everyone with his Grim Reaper AIDS advertisements, the biggest abstract bogey man I remember was nuclear war.
Those Russians, they had the bomb, and they were possibly going to use it. It didn’t help matters that in 1986 Chernobyl fulfilled the nuclear nightmare, conflating two separate issues into one terrifying specter.
It’s probably a good indication of how little I had to worry about being a child in the 80s in rural Australia that I remember “the bomb” being on my mind every now and again.
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Secret US cables concerning nuclear politics in South Asia provide important context for debates over Australia’s uranium export industry.
US cables released by Wikileaks warn that a limited Indian invasion of Pakistan, in response to an incident such as the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, would be to “roll the nuclear dice’’ and risk triggering nuclear warfare.
An invasion would be limited in the hope of avoiding a nuclear response but would nevertheless be “fraught ... with potential nuclear consequences”.
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