Pope Francis warned against the dangers of nuclear war on Monday before setting off on a trip to Chile and Peru, saying he is afraid of what could happen.
“I think we are at the very limit,” Pope Francis said when asked if he was concerned about nuclear war breaking out. “I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things.”
Pope Francis’s comments follow the mass panic caused in Hawaii by a false missile warning issued Saturday. The mistaken alert underscored the risk of potentially entering an unintentional war with North Korea. Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbardsaid Sunday that the false alert shows the need for direct negotiations with North Korea. read more…
What if war comes? Sweden reissues cold war emergency pamphlet
For decades, it was the Armageddon Ikea catalogue of Sweden. Now, in an ominous sign for the new year, Swedish authorities are to republish an updated version of Om kriget kommer (If war comes).
Starting in 1943, the pamphlet was issued to every household in Sweden and informed citizens how to prepare – and act – in a national crisis, particularly in the case of nuclear war. In 1991, at the end of the cold war, the booklet was considered redundant and distribution ceased, with only basic information retained in the telephone book.
Now that decision is being reversed: a nod to rising world tensions, in particular with neighbouring Russia, and the fact that few Swedish households have a landline, let alone a telephone book.
Some 4.7 million copies of the updated pamphlet will be delivered later this year, updating information about civil defence sirens, how to behave in an air-raid shelter and what belongings you should pack in case of having to flee: ID, practical clothing and gas masks if distributed, but “luggage no more than the family can carry itself”. read more…
World War 3: India blasted after claims it is ready to call ‘NUCLEAR BLUFF’ from Pakistan
INDIA has been blasted as “irresponsible” after a senior military figure claimed he was ready to call the “nuclear bluff” presented by Pakistan as tensions rise between the two nations, it has emerged.
Pakistan’s foreign minister, Khawaja Asif, launched a scathing attack on India’s General Bipin Rawat by declaring the comments were “not befitting his office”.
Mr Asif tweeted: “Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief, not befitting his office.
“Amounts to invitation for a nuclear encounter.
“If that is what they desire, they are welcome to test our resolve.
“The general’s doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah.”
The stark threat came after General Rawat suggested he was willing to carry out a military operation that could start World War 3.
He said: “We will call the bluff of Pakistan.
“If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. read more…