By Vijai K Nair
April 2007. Volume 10. Number 35. AAKROSH
“Bioterrorism, like the anthrax threats currently rattling America, is horrific. But perhaps the ultimate horror in our newly uncertain world is the prospect of terrorists with nuclear weapons.”1
The dimension and nature of the 11 September 2001 attack on the World Trade Center heralded a quantum jump in the qualitative and quantitative approach to terrorist action by a calamitous magnitude that shocked the West out of their misplaced belief of their invulnerability to the phenomenon of terrorism.
“The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that the ruthlessness of the September 11 attacks has alerted the world to the potential of nuclear terrorism—making it “far more likely” that terrorists could target nuclear facilities, nuclear material and radioactive sources worldwide.”2 Curiously, the approach of the West to this new and hitherto neglected threat churned out numerous theories regardless of past history and experience amongst the developing world, which resulted in strategies and tactics that contrasted fundamentally with the understanding of and approach to terrorism in developing countries such as India.