Nuclear War – Should we stop countries from developing weapons?

The powers that be, the first world nations, have a general problem with third world and developing countries inventing their own nuclear weapons programs. Well actually any country these days. Including other first world countries that don’t already have them. They just don’t like it and they try to stop these countries from doing it by imposing sanctions and having talks.

Now for a while there a thought had crossed my mind. Why should we tell other countries what they can and cannot do? Who are we to tell these countries that “you can’t be like us”.
From the perspective of one of these countries I can see how they might take that.

“Well wait a minute, you guys have nuclear weapons, why aren’t we allowed to have nuclear weapons? Who says you’re the boss of us? No one told you that you couldn’t develop a nuclear weapons program. Why should you have all the power?”

Yeah, it’s not hard to see their perspective. So lets take a look at which countries currently do have a nuclear weapons program.

Non Proliferation Treaty
United States
United Kingdom

Non-Non Proliferation Treaty
North Korea

Undeclared Nuclear Power

Accused of having nuclear weapons programs

Ok, so now that we have all of that sorted out, lets put all of this into perspective. All of the bombs dropped during world war II from 1939 to 1945 equaled two megatons of TNT (two million tons). Today, one thermal nuclear bomb is equal to two megatons of destructive power or more. As of 2009 there are currently 8,200 active nuclear warheads in the world. 23,300 nuclear warheads all together including those that are non-active. But we have made progress. At it’s high in 1985 there were 65,000 active nuclear warheads in the world. To think I was 6 years old then. Still, 8,200 nuclear warheads is roughly the equivalent of the total destructive power of world war II every second for two hours and sixteen minutes straight. 

But these are conservative numbers. Today’s nuclear weapons are far more destructive. Russia alone has enough nuclear weapons to destroy humanity 29 times over. The United States has enough nuclear weapons to destroy humanity 18 times over.

We’ve all come to realize that nuclear weapons are out of control. It is far too much destructive power for we humans to have control over. The super powers of the world have realized this. Which is why they are slowly disarming their nuclear arsenals. But they will never go away. They will always keep some, for fear that their opponent will also keep some.

But if we has a species are going to survive our technological adolescence, we need to realize that more nuclear weapons are not a good thing. Indeed this is something we have realized.

So going back to our primary question. Should we stop other countries from developing their own nuclear weapons programs?

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0 thoughts on “Nuclear War – Should we stop countries from developing weapons?

  1. Yeah! Ban all nuclear weapons by making a dictatorial United Earth Federation! Then, when “no one” has nuclear weapons, we can all get blasted into smithereens by those people who still keep a stash of nukes around!

  2. I think less nukes is always better, no matter how unfair it may be. So sure, we will stop other nations from making nukes and then one day, maybe, we will stop ourselves.

    (Not very Libertarian of me…)

  3. They will always keep some, for fear that their opponent will also keep some.”

    This is they key factor. Fear. If the first world countries can set an example of being without fear and without the biggest gun then the smaller guys will follow in time. It’s not so much that the big kids are telling the little kids how to play but more of the big kids saying “Look, as we’ve grown we’ve elarned that this game is harmful so as we ween ourselves from this game we want to make sure you don’t jump into it too.”

    If you have power and influence you should use it to benefit others.  This has to be the motivation. Power or anything else selfish (including fear) can not be the main motivator. Love for humanity has to be the motivation. I have a hope for nuclear disarmament but I don’t see it happening with anyone any time soon. But I hope!

  4. I think every country should get just one. How much fun would that be?

    Seriously though, we can’t tell other, sovereign countries what to do. I think we should (along with Russia) dismantle all but 5% of the worlds nuclear weapon stockpiles.

    Uh, that 5% being for the aliens of course…

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