Today kicks off the start of Barak Obama’s long awaited Summit with world leaders to discuss the future of Nuclear security around the globe. The leaders of 46 countries will be in attendance to talk about how they will proceed with securing nuclear weapons materials around the world. The goal is to design a treaty that will keep these terrible weapons and their components out of the reach of terrorists.
The summit comes just after the United States of America and Russia signed a nuclear arms reduction treaty last week. The intention was to demonstrate the commitment of the two nations towards reducing the numbers of nuclear weapons to the rest of the world. Together, the two countries wish to lead the world away from developing new generations of nukes and preventing existing material from ending up in the hands of those who wish to do harm to the established world nations.
In the article Obama hosts two-day summit on nuclear security – CNN.com, they infer that this new wave of nuclear agreements will put even more pressure on nations like Iran and North Korea to abandon their pursuit of nuclear technology. The article quotes secretary Henry Gates on this issue saying, “We’re doing everything we can to try and keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons… At the end of the day, Iran has to decide that not having nuclear weapons is a better defense strategy than having them”
I raise an interesting parallel to the issue of our failed gun control laws. If none of the good guys/gals are allowed to have them for protection, then only the bad guys/gals who break the law will. If that happens, we will have to rely on a reduced stock of warheads that were made in the 60s and 70s to deter our enemies; lets just hope it never comes to that…