Magazine article Tikkun

Indian & Pakistani Nuclear Maddness and Ours

Magazine article Tikkun

Indian & Pakistani Nuclear Maddness and Ours

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We join in the world's dismay over recent testing of atomic weapons by India and Pakistan.

But we don't share the hypocritically self-righteous tone in which this criticism is articulated.

Five major powers control nuclear weapons, the United States the biggest and most powerful among them. In our arrogance of power, we think it's fine to stockpile these weapons and to spend billions on delivery systems that make them a credible threat to any potential enemy, and yet at the same time we feel free to give lectures to other countries who wish to join this club.

Well, as India and Pakistan show, this double standard won't work. It's not hard to imagine third worlders reasoning thus: "Sure, the big powers want to keep their hegemony. They want to prevent the rest of us from acquiring the weapons that would make us their equals. Those who first held gunpowder and guns would have preferred if the rest of us didn't have them. …

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