The Nuclear Option

The President has effected a significant move toward “nuclear disarmament” (we all know the actual meaning is a more vague phrase: nuclear minimization). Historically presiding over the U.N. Security Council, President Obama called a unanimous vote on a U.S.-written proposal. Not binding yet … but is it enough to say “such a thing has never been done”? I think so.

I must say that knowledge of tens of thousands of nuclear warheads worldwide provokes in me a mortified gag – I’d rather not swallow for fear of death. But Reinhold Niebuhr makes us all realists, and I accept that.

Put aside for a moment the conservative-liberal debate: I read this ambivalent quote today from one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein

“[T]he people making speeches against producing the bomb are undoubtedly the scum of the intellectuals, although even this does not prove beyond question that what they abominate is to be welcomed.”

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