Thursday, January 12, 2006

Nuking Up

I know I'm supposed to be a dutiful American and Upholder of the Supremecy of Western Values, being a white, Christian-bred, Jersey-born guy and all, but I can't help but think that the U.S. and its "allies" are being just a tad bit hypocritical in their reactions when nations like Iran and North Korea pursue nuclear technology, when, after all, we have the stuff, too. And we've used it.

Does it occur to anyone that the only legitimate anti-proliferation policy is to completely disarm ourselves first? If we didn't have them, it seems to me we would be in a much more credible position to take whatever action was necessary against a country seeking to establish the means to build nuclear weaponry.

Until then, I don't see why it isn't in a country's best interests to arm themselves with whatever technology and means is available.

Of course, maybe I'm just naive, and that given the technology and science that is accessible, total nuclear disarmament is impossible--if a country wants nuclear weapons there will always be the science and the means to acquire them. On the other hand, unlike other uncoventional weapons--like biological and chemical weapons--nuclear technology is pretty limited in the effort it takes to construct a nuclear weapon. It can't just be done under the cover of night in a garage. There's a considerable amount of work and construction that goes on to make them deliverable.

But in any event, I don't see the justification for the West's position here.

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