South Asia s Looming Holocaust

South Asia s Looming Holocaust
Vol: 8 Issue: 23 Thursday, May 23, 2002

International fears of an imminent all-out war between India and Pakistan are well grounded as Indian Prime Minister Atal Vaypayee wraps up the last day of his visit to Indian controlled Kashmir.

It was from Kashmir on Tuesday that Vaypayee promised his troops they would soon be engaged in a decisive battle .

Four people have been killed in cross border fighting on Thursday, as villagers flee the border areas in large numbers.

European Affairs Commissioner Chris Patten said yesterday that the coming conflict is unlike the three previous Indo-Pakistani wars.

Both sides launched an all-out arms race to get the Bomb for just such an emergency.

Such is the hatred between the sides that if they hadn t both achieved their goal at the same time, we would now be speaking of at least one of them today in the past tense.

Patten said that now that both are nuclear, there is cause for very, very substantial concern. I don t think anybody is exaggerating how serious this is.

How Serious?

In the West we tend to think of India and Pakistan in abstract terms; we know they are there, and there s lots of em, but it doesn t really make a picture. Try this.

India is home to about a billion people. Make a picture in your mind of a turnstile, like in a subway or an amusement park.

Now imagine people in an endless line, going through the turnstile, one per second, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It would take twelve days at that rate, for a million people to go through the turnstile.

To process the population of India at that rate would take a bit under thirty-two YEARS.

Pakistan is home to a quarter-billion more people.

America, the most powerful nation, culture and people the world has ever seen, is approximately equal in population to Pakistan. This is not a minor flare-up between Third World Nations.


The map in the html version of this report [if you receive the text-only version, go to this link gives a good idea of the proximity of the war zone to both Russia and China.

Russia and China sponsored India s and Pakistan s nuclear programs, respectively. As a result, both were sure to limit their client s ability to use those weapons against their patrons.

That limitation on missile technology makes a nuclear exchange survivable, at least partially, for India. That upsets doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction that kept the US and Soviets from annihilating the world during the Cold War.

And that makes a nuclear war and a Pakistani first strike, inevitable in the event both sides step over the brink and into all out war.


The proximity of China to Pakistan makes the potential conflict even more dangerous if that could be possible. India and Pakistan represent about a sixth of the world s population. China represents another sixth.

Thanks to US involvement in the war on terror, its alliances with both warring sides, its enmity with Beijing over Taiwan and Washington s security commitments throughout the region, it is more than probable a South Asia conflagration could draw Anerica s five percent of the global population into the fray as well.

You d Think Somebody Would Notice

Here s the sitrep in a nutshell; the world is an eyeblink away from a nuclear war that could involve roughly a third of the global population, and yesterday s headlines were all about Chandra Levy. That isn t to minimize the Levy tragedy, but one would suppose a potential tragedy that could render a significant percentage of the global population extinct might merit some public attention in the West.

The seal, bowl and trumpet judgments of the Tribulation Period ultimately claim the lives of three-fourths of the world s population. The Bible makes reference to four spheres of global power in those days; the government of antichrist, the Kings of the South, the Gog-Magog Factor and the Kings of the East.

What About America?

As previously noted, India and China, with their enormous populations, could emerge diminished, but still viable, from a nuclear conflagration on their soil. Pakistan would be, to all extents and purposes, extinct.

But if America is drawn into a nuclear conflict, it s a different story. Our power and our wealth are derived from technology. Like the Biblical Samson, without it, we would be rendered globally insignificant.

America is under no threat from either India or Pakistan. China s nuclear ICBM is insignificant compared to that of other nuclear nations. Beijing has about twenty nuclear ICBM s. How many cities would we trade for India, Pakistan or Taiwan?

The Bible doesn t have much to say about the Kings of the East, apart from their westward march during the Tribulation period. But it does mention them.

This isn t the Tribulation Period, yet. But as we get closer, we see the main players taking the stage.

The Bible doesn t say whether war comes to South Asia during or before the Tribulation period.

It also doesn t indicate a role for America during that time, either.

What it does say is this. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [1 Thessalonians 5:3]

While the Bible doesn t address America s role in the Tribulation, it does address the role the Church plays. Five verses later, Paul writes, For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. [1Thessalonians 5:8]

The hour of tribulation is almost upon the world.

We believe the Rapture of the Church comes first. Are you ready? Do you know Christ?

More importantly, does He know you?

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. [1 Thessalonians 4:15-18]

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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