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Published:November 22nd, 2010 08:51 EST
With Respect to the World at Large:More War

With Respect to the World at Large:More War

By Vincent Gonzalez

         With respect to the world at large, the strands of love and peace are as closely spun together and woven much like that fashioned by the three-fates of ancient Greek mythology; with each thread representing a life with a different perspective, with their own thoughts and beliefs. Much do we find ourselves with the world today, with each country on the international platform representing an individual consciousness derived from their own set of concepts and convictions. To fully understand the functions of any country, you must first dissect the thoughts and beliefs that that country obliges to. It is only then do we fully understand what motivates a non-nuclear country to attempt to obtain a nuclear weapons capability. Though their reasons may vary, the pattern to which a country behaves usually determines its nuclear ambitions. Whether used as a deterrent, a bargaining chip, or as a method to provoke an allies intervention, the reasoning behind a non-nuclear country wanting to obtain a nuclear weapons capability usually stems from a desire to not be held hostage by the whims of a destiny that`s not their own; to have a voice on the international platform and be able to function with a predetermined fate set by the hands of its own creator.

Nuclear bomb explosion, president of Iran

         Since its invention, the nuclear bombs` purpose was to provide security, a function even by today`s standards sounds debatable. Regardless of what your opinion is on the reasoning for creating a nuclear weapon, I think that we can all agree on that since its inception, the threat of nuclear destruction is a threat that will never become hollow so long as humans remain human. "The real secret of nuclear weapons is that they can be made. Getting rid of nuclear weapon can never blot out that critical knowledge; they cannot be "disinvented." We will always live in a nuclear age." 1.) This is a belief not only shared by critics alike, but generally embraced by society at large. Like the scope of a snipers rifle following its target, the bullet ready to rob the life of its victim the threat of nuclear weapons is a threat that will rob a nation of its future with inescapable consequences that others will fail to comprehend. Much like a gilded cage, the capability of a nuclear arsenal lures its takers with promises of protection and the illusion of security while at the same time trapping its victims in a sea of legal restrictions and moral obligations.

         When asked, usually the basic justification for acquiring a nuclear weapons capability falls under the banner of security. One of the basic functions of any government is to provide security to its citizens, what better way to deter possible enemies than to provide them with the possible threat of their complete and utter annihilation. When posed with that threat, who would want to take the risk? Of course, many other factors contribute to the overall realm of security, this is probably the only viable reason in my opinion for any nation to attempt to acquire a nuclear weapons capability.

         When deprived of basic commodities, some countries are left to explore other routes. Some, according to their location in the world, or location in comparison to near which super-power may determine its nuclear ambitions. Some, like in the case of North Korea, a country with little resources, like what having a nuclear arsenal offers in terms of respect from fellow nations. They also noticed the potential political weight that comes from having a nuclear capability. In this new day and age where countries are trying actively to limit and reduce the spread of nuclear related material from slipping into the wrong hands, leaders of western countries are almost desperate to appease North Korea in a true effort to rid the nation of its nuclear capability. North Korea, in response is able to persuade and negotiate an exchange situation that highly favors them. By using their nuclear weapons as a bargaining chip, the North Koreans have accomplished creating a system that invokes fear to help the government survive and justify its leadership and control.

         Then you always got to make room for the random reasons that seem to come out of nowhere to justify nuclear ambitions. Some see it as a strategic method to provoke an allies intervention by forcing them into a trap that they can`t help but fall into. What a easier way in my opinion to provoke the response of any country, be it friend or foe than to seizure it with the specter of death. Experts in similar fields and scientists and politicians alike understand for the most part the havoc a nuclear bomb can perform and are usually eager to engage in methods to prevent the worse from happening. Certain measures and international laws and organizations where created designed in their purpose to help maintain and restrict the use of nuclear weapons. Though not always successful with achieving the results they want, these organizations and laws help lay the ground work for the establishment of a nuclear free world. One such legislation is the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which designates each country that signs it, an obligation to either limit its arsenal already on hand and not produce any more bombs, or prevent non-nuclear countries who sign it an obligation to not attempt to acquire a nuclear weapons capability.

          Overall, the potential for nuclear destruction is being limited slowly, and slowly. It is true that for the most part, collectively the world as a whole is moving towards a cleaner, nuclear free world. Out of all the reasons I just presented to you just here, the reason that might currently seem to be the most worrisome to the U.S. is the bargaining chip method that the North Koreans have been known to use. With instruments of international law like the Non-Proliferation Treaty, countries are slowly working towards a mutual goal: To have no need to destroy one another, to treat each other as equals and to stop looping off each others heads. For just like an animal, without a head how is the body to function? According to one critic, "The global village is not proving to be an equally hospitable home for everyone." 2.)

1.) Beckman, Peter R., Paul W. Crumlish, Michael N. Dobkowski, and Steven P. Lee. Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear State & Terrorism. 4th ed. Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing, 2007. xiii. Print.
2.) Kegley, Jr., Charles W. World Politics: Trend and Transformation. 12th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009. 331. Print.