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But the risk of somebody, somewhere, exploding a nuclear weapon is greater than it has been since World War II, and most unlikely to go away. The Western intelligence and security community fears that Pakistan will one day implode into chaos, and that one or more of its nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists — ISIS, Al Qaeda or such like — who are demented enough to detonate it on a Western target.
Washington and its allies have little power to influence events in the sub-continent.
But they may have contributed something useful to the debate —merely by voicing loudly and persistently their passionate revulsion at the notion of using weapons that some U. Prominent among them was the Australian Hedley Bull, a brilliant Oxford professor of international relations.
Bull favoured both a ban on nuclear-testing and restriction in the production of weapons.
While the young agonise about gender and income inequality, climate change, GM crops, fracking, race issues, exams and maybe about not getting enough sex, they seem curiously oblivious to the threat of being incinerated, which is not as small as they might like to suppose.
Remember those interminable protests in the Eighties by the Greenham women and others at RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire against the deployment of American nuclear weapons in Britain?
I thought: “I don’t want them to grow up to be part of this way of living.” ’Mrs Steinhardt became, for years, an impassioned protester in the so-called ‘Rainbow village’.
Most people at the time dismissed the silly arguments of CND and the anti-nuclear movement —the ‘Ban-the-Bombers’ — who naively believed that if the West abandoned its own nuclear weapons, we would all become safer. Much more useful, in the Cold War era, were the many intellectuals who were not pacifists, but who laboured at writing papers, delivering speeches and attending conferences to debate how the world could avoid blowing itself up.
For its part, the British Foreign Office is much less important on the world stage, but it is depressing to find it in the same parlous condition, as a result of contemptuous cuts imposed by successive governments.Despite the public sabre-rattling of his Soviet counterpart Nikita Khrushchev, he, too, secretly shared Kennedy’s profound anxiety to avoid a showdown. The envoy’s foremost priority, said Khruschev, was to work to prevent this: ‘Don’t ask for trouble.’You may say that today, it is obvious nobody in his right mind would countenance the release of a nuclear weapon. a majority of [American] respondents [to a You Gov poll] approve of killing civilians in an effort to end a war’ during which American troops are suffering serious casualties.That same year, 1962, the Kremlin leader surprised the newly-appointed ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Dobrynin, by telling him he must never forget that conflict with the U. Alas, however, that is far less well understood by some people than it was to earlier generations for whom the fate of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — targets of the U. atomic bombs dropped on Japan in August 1945 — was a ghastly living memory. The authors of this Stanford University survey, Scott Sagan and Benjamin Valentino, say: ‘Americans are willing to approve of a presidential decision to use nuclear weapons . The proportion willing to endorse such action rises further if there was evidence Al Qaeda was building a nuclear facility.But they should consider carefully, and hard, what the Cold War should have taught us — about how to avoid precipitating catastrophe.The first and biggest lesson is to accept that for any power, in any circumstances, to explode a nuclear weapon would be a supreme crime, for which no excuse would be acceptable to posterity.