From an article by Janne E. Nolan and Albert D. Wheelon in Scientific American (August):

This spring the news media offered the public a rare glimpse into a shadowy, frightening world. On April 2 Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announced that he had the means of killing half of the population of Israel. The next day Israel launched its second satellite into orbit with its powerful Jericho II rocket. On April 11 British customs agents impounded a shipment of metal tubes bound for Iraq, ostensibly for a petrochemical complex. The agents maintained -- and one of the British suppliers later confirmed -- that the meterwide steel tubes were actually intended for the barrel of a huge gun capable of firing rocket-assisted shells more than 3,000 miles. Such a gun had in fact been designed in the 1960s by Gerald V. Bull, a former consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense who later became an international arms broker. On March 22, 11 days before Hussein made his pronouncement, Bull was found shot to death at the door of his home in Brussels.

Good may yet come of this bizarre episode if it draws attention to the newest phase in the arms race. Ballistic missiles and other means of long-range destruction, traditionally limited to a handful of industrialized nations, are fast becoming a fixture in many regional conflicts. The Third World military buildup is perhaps even more worrisome than its First World prototype, for it is far more likely to find expression in war.

... In the past decade the number of countries in the missile club has more than doubled, to 18. Many of the new members have been at war or are embroiled in disputes.