Living With Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear weapons, whether used by terrorists or nuts, are actually the greatest threat to civilisation today. No one knows what to do about them. Ronald Reagan wanted to eliminate them. George W. Bush wanted to take preventive action by locking up every potential suspect. President Obama wants to pull the nuclear carpet out from underfoot.
But we should keep certain facts in mind. The Cold War didn’t escalate into a hot one because there were nuclear weapons and the certainty of mutual destruction. Yes, we live in a different era.
But what will happen when someone secretly builds a bomb? Will that person rule the world?
What will others do?
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MR. OBAMA! WORLD IS SAFER WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

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by Milan Vodicka

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Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that Barack Obama would speak about me during his address in my hometown last week. He devoted a full half-sentence to me. It was when he said that some people would have a sceptical view of his call for a world without nuclear weapons.

Since Obama was short on specifics, allow me to fill in the gaps in his vision with some minor details.

First, rogue states and other troublemakers should swear to abandon any thoughts of nuclear weapons. We can begin with Comrade Kim Jong-il.

Second, Israel should be persuaded to lay down its nuclear arms before its loving neighbours. In other words, it ought to give up the nukes that are its guarantor of deterrence and survival.

Third, Iran should be persuaded that if Israel doesn’t have a bomb, Tehran doesn’t need one either.

Human wave attacks, such as those employed in the Iran-Iraq war, will suffice. Fourth, it is necessary to talk with Pakistan, which has targeted nuclear weapons against India’s bombs. At the same time, a conversation should be had with India, which has the bomb because Pakistan has it.

Fifth, we should drink a shot of vodka with Russia because without nuclear weapons, Moscow will be left with nothing but memories of its superpower status, and it might be fearful of China, which is gaining in power and is overcrowded while Siberia is empty and rich in natural resources.

Sixth, we should share a cognac with the French and a whisky with the Brits. They may not be afraid of China, but without any nuclear capacity, their Great Power status will be a forgotten chapter in history.

Seventh, we should play Chinese opera with China, which will think that all of this disarmament talk is just a ploy to undermine everyone else, because America already has better weapons.

Eighth, we need to turn back the clock and pretend that we don’t know how to build nuclear weapons.

Seriously, I don’t mean to suggest that we should just drop the idea of disarmament; I merely have some practical objections. For the most part, I completely understand President Obama: America is a pragmatic country precisely because it has free time for the hobby-horse of idealism. And President Obama wants a great idea. The world needs one since we’ve lived so long without one.

Nuclear weapons, whether used by terrorists or nuts, are actually the greatest threat to civilisation today. No one knows what to do about them. Ronald Reagan wanted to eliminate them. George W. Bush wanted to take preventive action by locking up every potential suspect. President Obama wants to pull the nuclear carpet out from underfoot.

But we should keep certain facts in mind. The Cold War didn’t escalate
 into a hot one because there were nuclear weapons and the certainty of mutual destruction. Yes, we live in a different era.

But what will happen when someone secretly builds a bomb? Will that person rule the world? What will 
others do?

I know why Barack Obama chose Prague as the place to present his vision of a world without nuclear weapons. It’s the capital of a country where wars have begun and ended, from the Thirty Years War to World War II. And Obama is right when he says that one nuclear weapon detonated in one city, whether New York or Prague, could kill hundreds of thousands of people. And he is correct when he says that people are entitled to live without fear.

So I’m crossing my fingers that President Obama will succeed. But living in Prague — the city where great wars have begun and ended — has taught me to feel safer with nuclear weapons than without them.

Milan Vodicka writes for the Czech daily MF DNES © IHT

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  3. cut throat competition.

    i deal with tender enquiries daily with participants like volvo, mercedes, caterpillar and deutz. i have seen those participants demanding higher prices when they are single in their category of bid. when even those civilised ventures cannot bear the burdeon of a single entity how can we behave like a mature nation who belives in living without nukes.

    a nuclear war will end this world.

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  7. It appears to me that Pakistan has get entangled in its own woven net from which it would be almost imposssible for it to librate. The only way lelt before it to declare it self a non-nuclear, secular, nonviolent state by sending some enlightend young muslim youths in BANIYAN district of Afghanistan to reconstruct the statue of lord Buddha once again or be prepared to face more hardship in days to come……there are a nubers of muslims in the world lhving in the world in a secular state peacefuly.The religion for them ir a personal affair it is not an affair of the concerned state..The same we aspect from Pakistan.

  8. It appears to me that Pakistan has got entangled in it’s own woven net, from which it would be almost impossible for it to liberate. The only way lelt before it to declare it self a non-nuclear, secular, non-violent state by sending some enlightend young muslim youths in BANIYAN district of Afghanistan to reconstruct the statue of lord Buddha once again or be prepared to face more hardship in days to come……That is what the world community expect from pakistan.

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