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.”
Bryan Wandel works in government finance and has studied history, accounting, and religion. He is a member of the editorial board at Humane Pursuits. Bryan’s writing has appeared at Comment Magazine, First Things, and elsewhere.