On Dec. 13, 2001, a suicide squad attacked the Indian Parliament in New Delhi. India blamed Pakistani terrorist groups for the attack. Amid shock and anger, India mobilized and moved tens of thousands of soldiers to its border with Pakistan. War seemed imminent.
Pakistani military and political leaders threatened to use nuclear weapons if India attacked. Top American diplomats and generals were convinced that Pakistan wasn’t bluffing. South Asia was in the grip of its first nuclear crisis. Television networks began calculating what might survive of cities like New Delhi and Lahore after a nuclear attack.
Indian and Pakistani soldiers relentlessly fired bullets and mortar shells across the border.… Seguir leyendo »