Thursday, February 02, 2006

Ridding the world of nuclear weapons

How can Iran be prevented from acquiring nuclear weapons when the US, Britain, India, Pakistan, Russia, China, France and Israel all flout the Non-Proliferation Treaty? Timothy Garton-Ash says:

[W]hat we need is a new international system for the supervision and inspection of nuclear capacities in every country in the world. It should be explicit, consistent and administered by the nearest thing we have to a world arbiter, the United Nations. In order for it to be credible, established nuclear powers such as Britain and the US will have to submit themselves to the same regime of supervision and inspection as everyone else … If you want a message of hope in this dark scene, remember Churchill's remark that you can usually rely on the United States to do the right thing - once it has exhausted all the alternatives.

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