February 12, 2003

An Era of Proliferation? George

An Era of Proliferation?

George Tenet presents to the Hill a worrisome synopsis on the increasing threat of nuclear proliferation in the 21st Century. He warns, for those persuaded to rush concessions to Pyongyang, that many countries will note that possessing a nuke or two is an ideal way to extract concessions from much more powerful countries.

Tenet's presentation is another timely reminder of how high the stakes are in seeking to stem proliferation of WMD technology worldwide. We already let the Indians and Pakistanis get away with going nuclear. We cannot afford further proliferation. Saddam's rush to develop WMD capability will hasten Iranian, Syrian and Libyan (to name a few) efforts in this field. North Korea's increased production would force the Japanese to very seriously consider developing nuclear capability--leading the Chinese to increase the force of their arsenal and generally leading to an arms race in East Asia.

We need to return to an era of voluntary disarmament, where countries like South Africa, Kazakhstan and Ukraine voluntarily gave up their nuclear capability. Note too, they did so in a transparent and voluntary manner. We did not allow for Saddam style hide and seek (for over twelve years running).

Bush needs to draw the line now. This is a decisive moment in international relations. Too bad the Germans and French don't yet get it.

Posted by Gregory at February 12, 2003 04:14 PM
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