Da Bomb update

Gregory Alan Bolcer (gbolcer@gambetta.ICS.uci.edu)
Thu, 14 May 1998 19:07:26 -0700

I don't know why this is so interesting to me.
It reminds me of playing Risk(tm) or Ultimatum(tm).
I have this theory that politics is only the means to exert
influence from afar. These balance of power
happenings seem to confirm that it's definitely
getting harder to do so.


Pakistan gathers technicians at country's
test site. Gears up for tests of their own.
Vows to move ahead in their mid-range missile

US economic analysts say that sanctions likely
will have a greater impact on US businesses than
in India. [Does anyone remember Lotus employees
going to work in South Africa with sidearms? The
effect of US companies in South Africa after
congress voted economic sactions?]

US is sending a top-level delegation to Pakistan
to persuade them not to respond in kind, but
"Pakistan is determined to respond with its own tests,
because "it seems that the Indian leadership has gone
berserk," Pakistani Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub said.

So far, world banks have suspended or frozen
assets including: Japan $30 millionin grants,
Sweden $119 million cancelled aid, Denmark $28 million,
and Germany called off aid talks.

Britain stands apart from US and has no intention
of imposing sanctions on its former colony. Russia
is alarmed, but also did not plan on employing sanctions.
France, who also blasted underwater tests two years
ago and set the precedent opposes US sanctions.