Tag: nuclear disarmament

I Am Indisputably The Leading Nuclear Disarmament Expert In The World!!

Well, ok, ok, so I suppose there’s at least some small chance that the claim made in the title of this article could just possibly, maybe, not be totally fully accurate. In fact, actually, the claim is beyond absurd, a total lie, a ridiculous notion, and fake news too.

But I’m going to keep bellowing such arrogant nonsense, until one of you expert people inform me of where I can find commentary on the question that’s been chasing me around my mind for weeks now.

Won’t the major nuclear powers all have to disarm together, at the same time?

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I’ve been asking this question on every expert nuke site I visit, and waiting for one of the many experts on Twitter to at least mention this issue.

Nada. Nothing. Nobody home. Total silence. I can’t seem to find any expert or activist who is wondering aloud how we will get all the nuclear weapons states to disarm together, in unison, as one, at the same time.

What nuclear weapons state is going to disarm while it’s rivals retain an arsenal???

I’m sure somebody somewhere must have addressed this question in some detail. So if someone could please just tell me where I can find such an analysis I’ll be grateful and appreciative for your assistance.

I might even stop bellowing. Well, for a few minutes anyway.

Look, seriously, no kidding, I am indeed a nuclear weapons newbie. But I’m not a newbie when it comes to the Net and I know, from an embarrassing amount of experience, how this game works.

In order to get the attention of the male egos which tend to dominate such topics, I need to stand on a chair and yell something like, “My thingie is bigger than your thingie, nana nana na na!

And then some other male ego will stop what they’re doing long enough to smack me down and put me back in my place where I belong, below them on the penis pecking order totem pole.

Ok, good plan, I’m ready, let’s do it!

However, until one of you expert folks can direct me to your article where you address this question…

Won’t the major powers all have to disarm together, at the same time?

… By the powers vested in me by myself, I hereby formally retain my glorious self installed title as the indisputable leading nuclear disarmament expert in the world, by far, bar none, nobody else even comes close, including especially you.

Ok real experts, it’s your turn. Do your thing! Smack me down and shut me up! Show us your article!

Thank you!

Will All Nuclear Weapons States Have To Disarm At The Same Time?

Under what circumstances could humanity finally leave the nuclear weapons era? As I educate myself about various efforts towards nuclear disarmament the following question keeps coming up in my mind.

Won’t all the nuclear weapons states have to disarm at the same time?

I’m finding it difficult to find a way around the following logic. Pakistan won’t disarm unless India does. India won’t disarm unless China does. China won’t disarm unless Russia does. Russia won’t disarm unless America does. America won’t disarm unless everyone else does.

What nuclear power is going to disarm while it’s perceived adversaries still retain nuclear weapons?

Well, that has happened to some degree. South Africa gave up a few nukes. Libya abandoned it’s plans, as have some other countries.

Ukraine gave up a significant number of nuclear weapons in exchange for promises it’s borders would be respected, a promise that was soon ignored when Russia invaded Ukraine and the rest of the world did little to stop them.

I’m not sure how these examples of unilateral disarmament can be applied to the remaining major nuclear powers. Maybe they do, but I don’t see it yet.

As best I can tell, none of the major nuclear powers will disarm without agreement from all nuclear powers to do the same. If that’s true, this would seem to mean that the internal political culture in each nuclear armed country would have to be receptive to global disarmament, at the same time.

Is it true that either everybody disarms, or nobody disarms? Is it an all or nothing equation?

Arms race protests in the Western democracies are great and I totally support them. Doing something, anything, is a far superior approach to doing nothing. But changing the policies of the Western countries will hardly be enough. Won’t we also have to persuade the leaders of countries like Pakistan, China and Russia?

As just one example, the last time Russia was invaded in WWII they lost 20 million people, which we might remind ourselves is 40 times as many deaths as America suffered. Pretty much everything from the Polish border to Moscow was burned to the ground. Isn’t it going to take some very serious persuasion to get the Russian people, let alone the Russian leaders, to give up nuclear weapons?

Won’t all the nuclear weapons states have to disarm at the same time?

I’m hoping to find thoughtful discussion of such questions. If you can help, please let me know. Thanks!