Saturday, May 15, 2010

Just answer this simple question!

Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: doesn't take that much time to contemplate over a simple question which has astoundingly remained unanswered so far: why should Israel possess nuclear weapons?

Initially, the most straightforward and easily reached answer may be that no country should own nuclear weapons as they pose serious threat to global security and breach international regulations. This clear-cut answer, though idealistic and impractical, is a logical and reliable statement. The life of each and every individual is precious and should be protected according to the laws of morality, and legally, on the basis of Geneva Conventions; nonetheless, this logical answer does not lead us towards an authentic conclusion regarding Israel's illogical nuclear program. a

Almost everyone knows that nuclear weapons are so devastative and perilous that they can potentially eradicate millions of people from the face of the earth in a twinkling. To visualize the extent of nuclear weapons' destructiveness, one should recall the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 that killed 225000 Japanese citizens in a matter of hours. This was a demonstration of U.S. military might that eventually ended in the death of thousands of innocent civilians and the permanent infection of thousands of others with various diseases.

The alternative response to the question proposed earlier may be that Israel is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and hence is not obligated to deactivate its nuclear arsenal and destroy the atomic warheads it obtains. This answer is worse than the earlier one; it actually ridicules the international conventions and discredits the NPT whatsoever. This answer explicitly invites the countries interested in developing nuclear weapons to be exempted from accountability before the international community by pulling out from the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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