Nuclear Deterrence

Midnight Ninja
11-19-2009, 12:44 PM
Hopefully this isn't too much of a controversial topic.

People always talk about gun control with regards to the US. I'm for gun control but we aren't talking about this here.

Nuclear arsenal has become a very important and scary factor in any major transitions carried out by countries. Living in India, we are very awake of potential catastrophies if India and Pakistan ever go to war. Everybody talks about Non-Proliferation but does anybody actually expect that to ever happen?

I'm against nuclear weapons in general but they do have a positive side. There are a few theorists who say that they act as natural barriers to war. But that is a weak argument as if hostile situations mount, their use would become inevitable.

Another thing that irks me is the hypocrisy associated with it. The US and other superpowers are free to produce and expand their arsenal but countries like India are supposed not to. Even after the NPT, it is common fact that the superpowers keep adding to their warheads. Then there are backdoor deals such as Pakistan and China whereby China gave Pakistan technological know how to build up their program. Even India isn't a saint I'm sure and must have received some outside help.

I'm curious to get some views from both sides because nuclear weapons in essence shape a lot of the world we live in irrespective of globalisation and capitalism.

Midnight Ninja
11-19-2009, 12:49 PM
Here are some news sources for my claims:
China-Pakistan (
India NPT (
Obama NPT (