Five Myths about Getting Rid of Nuclear Weapons
Barry Blechman and Alex Bollfrass have an Op-ed in the Washington Post explaining why nuclear weapons are not all they’re cracked up to be.
The five myths?
1. We can’t eliminate nuclear weapons because countries would cheat and build them in secret.
2. Nuclear weapons are a guarantee of security.
3. As long as there is nuclear energy, there will be nuclear weapons.
4. If all nations dismantled their nuclear arsenals, a cheater with just a few weapons could rule the world.
5. Nuclear weapons are the only way to become a global power.
They have pretty good answers to each of them. Check it out.
(They cite an “influential” article by some guy named Wilson to debunk Myth No. 2.)
Barry and Alex recently created an interesting and informative online game called “Cheater’s Risk” that allows you to play the role of a rogue state’s leader who’s trying to secretly build an arsenal of nuclear weapons. The game shows all the pitfalls such an effort would face. (You can play here.)