Sunday, October 08, 2006

Nuclear Weapons - soon everyone will have them

Upshot Worldwide: Hu, Abe Warn North Korea Not to Conduct Nuclear Weapons Test Nuclear weapons were a research project in 1944, and state of the art in 1950. They are technically exacting, but not impossible to construct. Do we really believe that we can keep the fanatics of the world from getting their hands on them, given the 1950's technology required?
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Japan and China warned North Korea not to conduct a nuclear weapons test and agreed to improve their own relations as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the first visit by a Japanese leader to Beijing in five years.

"We saw eye to eye on the North Korean nuclear test, which is that it can't be tolerated," Abe said at a press conference late yesterday after meeting Chinese President Hu Jintao. North Korea must return "unconditionally" to six-party talks aimed at dismantling the nation's nuclear weapons program, Abe said.
Most technically modern countries don't even bother with testing these things. Pakistan tested a bomb a few years ago, not because there was any doubt as to whether it would work, but to announce to the world (and India) that they had these weapons.

I don't like this state of affairs, but I don't see what can be done about it, except make sure that the idiots in Iran and N. Korea (or elsewhere) know that if they set off even one bomb on US soil, we will obliterate them (and in the case of Iran, destroy Mecca for good measure). This type of deterrence worked with the old Soviet Union because whatever else the Soviets were, they were rational individuals. I am not sure you can say the same thing about the leadership in North Korea or Iran today.

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