Essay about The Nuclear Paradox

1529 Words Nov 29th, 2011 7 Pages
The Nuclear Paradox
By Elizabeth Maybury

60 years and some 23,000 nuclear warheads later, since the bombing of Hiroshima, the question that faces the U.S and their allies alike “is less how a nation might array its nuclear forces and more how to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons from spinning out of control”. The very nuclear weapons created to deter attack and ultimately bring about peace are also the cause for ambiguity among world nations, the hole in which millions of tax payers dollars are cast, and the heart of unease felt worldwide by those who fear their amazing destructive power in the wrong hands. The national vision of peace has been misconstrued and wrapped the Americas in a paradoxical ideology of safety that has
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Over the years the U.S and likeminded countries around the globe including Canada have made much effort in ceasing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology through various treaties including the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty of 1970. Unfortunately the inevitability of the black market is undeniable and despite even the best efforts, the control of nuclear materials is but a Utopian man’s dream. The bust of Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khahan’s dealings with clients like North Korea, Iran and Libya in regards to nuclear designs and technology in 2004 and the embarrassing fiasco of the Iraq War, only recently called off by Barack Obama on October 21, 2011, only affirm the illusion to know who certainly has weapons of mass destruction is no more than a “shell game”.

Since the attack of 9/11 a new type of fear has emerged in the U.S, a new war on terrorism, and the ever present issue of nuclear weapons has made its way once again to the forefront of the political agenda. Questions as to who has nuclear weapons, to what extent is their arsenal, are they in agreement with the Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT (“a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to

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