Who should be allowed to possess nuclear weapons?

The U.S. State Department has a new communications vehicle, the DipNote, for Diplomatic Note. It’s kind of like a blog, one of those quirky things that pajamadeen use to spew their venomous rants. But this one is written by actual State Department employees. Today’s entry:

Question of the Week: Who Should be Allowed To Possess Nuclear Technology?

In 1968, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was created to prevent the further proliferation of nuclear weapons, as well as promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and express the intention of NPT signatories to achieve disarmament. Nonetheless, questions exist as to why the international community approves of some nations possessing nuclear materials and not others.

“What should determine who should be allowed to possess nuclear technology and who should not?”

Fair enough question. But read some of the comments:

Brianna in Wisconsin writes:
If one country is able to posses nucelar weapons I feel another country should be able to, too. Fair is fair. We don’t govern the world and we should stop acting like we do. Posted on Tue Sep 25, 2007

Chris in Missouri writes:
No country in the world should have the power of nuclear weapons at their disposal, including the United States. That we have the power to destroy humanity should be as frightening to us as anyone else. We need to work to strengthen the United Nations and the IAEA to give them the means to enforce a policy where no country would be able to construct nuclear weapons…

It goes on. Weep people, weep.

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