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The Point of Nuclear Weaponsfrom a UK Citizen’s Standpoint

Saturday, October 21, 2017 14:39
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The United Kingdom is one of the members of an exclusive club, a club that only accepts a few members. Other members of the club are North Korea, Israel, Pakistan, India, China, France, and the United States. The club we are referring to is the Nuclear Club, with countries that have nuclear weapons as members.

The real question is, why do we need nuclear weapons? Most politicians will tell you that they are there so we can defend ourselves. Will they really protect us?

Nuclear weapons are expensive not only to produce but also to maintain. There’s also another factor that we need to consider: 

The world has drastically changed since the first nuclear bomb that detonated in Japan. During those times, it was clear who the enemy was, which usually meant the other nation. However, we live in a different society. We are no longer living in an industrial age in which the medium of wealth is measured by how much land and industries a country controls. We live in the information age and how much information you control is the measure of one’s wealth.

If you look at the top 10 wealthiest people on the planet, it’s mostly populated with individuals coming from tech or information-related industries. Even the once unknown Mircea Popescu is now making waves with his blog. The importance of knowing and acting on information is the hallmark of these times.

This nuclear weapon thing is an idea from the past. It’s an ideology that belongs to a different era, one that is obsolete these days. Of course, you can argue that having nuclear weapons is like having a condom; and the logic revolves around the idea of “it’s better to have them when you don’t need them, rather than not have them when you need them.”

It’s a logical case. However, there’s just one big flaw. We are not living in a vacuum. We are living in a world in which we need to focus our resources into something useful and more productive. As mentioned before, nuclear weapons are expensive to research, create and maintain.

Here’s another interesting point. Nuclear weapons are designed to cause massive damage to an area. However, if you look at the world today, the real terrorists are not countries but deranged individuals with demented ideologies. They blend with the masses within a relatively populated area. Using nuclear weapons to counter these threats is out of the question. What you need is something more surgical, and nuclear weapons are far from being precise.

The last argument for pro-nuclear weapons is that countries like North Korea might hold us hostage. Again, if we live in a vacuum, this would seem logical. But we don’t; our closest allies have more than 15,000 nuclear warheads pointing at such threats. As a nation, we should see nuclear weapons for what they are, a vanity. They are there, so that the country can be one of the big boys.

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