Graphic demonstrating the range of the Agni-III ballistic missile courtesy of The Hindu Times (click for larger image)
(New Dehli) Nuclear power India successfully test-fired its long range ballistic missile Agni-III today. The launch occurred from Wheeler Island, off the coast of Orissa in the Bay of Bengal.
The successful test also announced India's move into an elite group of nations that have the ability to hit targets up to 2,000 miles away. In India's case, this means the Indian military has the ability to deliver a nuclear payload of up to 300 kilotons from Egypt to Japan and all points in between.
I have yet to see a response from the Bush administration, which unilaterally gave India the green light to continue its rogue nuclear operations in 2006 with the happy-sounding United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act.
India, along with Israel and Pakistan, is among the nations that the U.S. government seems content as nuclear states. All three of these nations, by the way, have steadfastly refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Yet the American government obsesses over Iran's nuclear aims, which to this point have yet to yield even one nuclear device.
I guess it is acceptable for some nations to flout international conventions on nuclear weapons, but for others it is a sign that such a nation intends to annhilate its neighbors. I have trouble understanding the criteria for determining "rogue" and "non-rogue" nuclear powers; if this means a politically unstable Muslim nation ought not to possess nuclear weapons, we should start with Pakistan.
But hey, what do I really know? I am just a Midwestern rube who is going to wind up on a no-fly list or something with this kind of crazy talk.