Only those who proliferate can proliferate


China, Russia, France, India, Pakistan, Great Britain and the United States have nuclear weapons.
Israel has them.
Not quite officially.

Let's do a test.
Are there any dictatorships among the nations of the atomic club?
And these dictatorships could they use nuclear weapons to be aggressive?
I think they could, and I don’t think that those who possess atomic weapons have thus the legitimate right to decide who can have them and who cannot.

At the most, they can propose that no country has them.
I’d be in agreement with this idea.
It seems to me like a funny story that the 5 countries that are permanent members (China, Russia, France, Great Britain and the United States) have decided to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for its nuclear programme.

And that they ask Iran to “once more suspend their activity connected with Uranium enrichment”.

Instead of that, why don’t they ask China to destroy all its atomic weapons? A few months ago the Chinese General Zhu, in an interview to the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times declared that a local conflict for Taiwan could be transformed into a nuclear war.

But perhaps to enter the atomic club you need good qualities that Iran doesn’t yet have. Like, for example, being a permanent member of the Security Council, or being a super-power or, even better being an ally of the United States.

And it’s right like that, in fact, according to the Nuclear non-proliferation Treaty, only those who have already proliferated can proliferate.

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The Congress of the United States had recently approved the military expenditure for the 2007: 560 billion dollars (120 for the war, other 120 for new nuclear weapons, and other for research). It's rapresent the 60% of the whole word expenditure in army. It's equivalent at the GDP of India (1 billion people).
They really do that for export democracy?
Or American is military economy?

Posted by: Marco Savo | February 20, 2006 08:12 PM

ciao Beppe , volevo chiedere che cosa pensi della vicenda delle vignette che hanno scatenato la furia dell'islam (magari non proprio moderato)ciao Alessandro

Posted by: Alessandro | February 15, 2006 02:19 PM


It's nice to see somebody noticed the hypocrisy of 'who can' and 'who can't'.

Posted by: Diane Mackey | February 14, 2006 01:44 PM

This article is very important to wake the sleepy minds!!!
Congratulations and Thanks!!!

Posted by: Daničlle Bandeira | February 12, 2006 12:02 AM

Yes, the powers that already have nuclear weapons should destroy them..all of them, but since this solution is not practical what do you propose? Allowing more proliferation? Iran has unstable politics,nuclear weapons in the hands of religious fanatics casts fear even among Iranian citizens, their religious idalism is likely to condone use of these weapons in the context of a passage in the Koran, that is the reason they have been referred to the Security Council.

Posted by: Gianco G. | February 10, 2006 07:54 PM

That graphic of Uncle Sam keeps popping up. I posted a variant last year.

Posted by: Ria Bacon | February 7, 2006 05:45 AM

Is there a difference between communism and religious fanatics who are willing to kill themselvs and everyone else they dont like ? Answer tells us what needs to be done in Iran. Let EU take a lead for a change.

Posted by: mynewsbot | February 5, 2006 11:03 PM

Although i want ITALY and IRELAND to be out of the nuclear weapons's race I believe that either all the countries in the world have them or not.
Hey Beppe, did you by any chance forget about the hideous and not talked about 'BIOLOGICAL' weapons that from time to time ' escape ' by' the hands of the GREAT scientists which are very likely to be from the same countries that sit the UN security council?
If not clear i am talking abt SARS/Chernobyl/White Phosphorous ( and so on and so forth) and whatever else they keep away from US

Posted by: Maria Consuelo Spera | February 5, 2006 05:37 PM

Still I would feel much more confortable knowing Iran out of the nuclear race.

What about opposing both Iran's nuclear plan and already established nuclear enabled countries.


Posted by: Enrico Fiorentin | February 5, 2006 11:03 AM

Certainly, the mad dictator of North Korea is a lot more unstable than the Iranian leadership. The glaring difference between the two situations is that the Koreans have no oil.

Through the United Nations, we ought to be negotiating with the other nuclear powers for a gradual across the board reduction in all nuclear weapons, until we reduce them to Zero.

The use of military power has often been counterproductive: As a young child, my grandmother, mother, and I witnessed the destruction of Dresden, only a few days after we had arrived there from Breslau by train. According to the US Stategic Bombing survey, during the bombing of German cities aircraft, production actually increased at the same rate of the increasing bombing, from 15,000 aircraft in 1942 to 40,000 in 1944. So did the civilian casualties among the German population.

This is a dangerous time. As General JFC Fuller wrote so eloquently in 1954: "Discoveries and inventions, which, in a more cultured age, would have proved of the greatest benefit to man, have been peddled to barbarians, who very naturally make use of them in a barbaric way."

Posted by: Wolfgang P. May | February 5, 2006 01:04 AM

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