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4 Can We Get Rid of Nuclear Weapons?

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The art of war has now advanced to the point where it can threaten extinction, if not of the whole planet certainly of whole societies. The arsenal of nuclear weapons, at one time, only a few years ago, was powerful enough to destroy whole continents. There are two main issues in any discussion on nuclear weapons, moral and political. The moral revulsion of the use of nuclear weapons at all times during the Cold War ran perhaps equally strongly the other way - and with it an almost rabid urge to get rid of them and the moral dilemmas they posed for unhappy decision makers. The quid pro quo would have been for America to step up the pace in negotiating a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and to agree to get rid of its nuclear weapons at a faster pace.

Keywords: America; Cold War; Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty; nuclear weapons



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