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Non Proliferation

Politicians often talk about “non-proliferation” it caught my eye again here. When they say non-proliferation they want you to think “abolishment”, “dis-arming”, “making the world safe”. However proliferation actually means to spread at a rapid rate. So when the politicians say non-proliferation the substance is more like “you can’t have them but we’re keeping ours”. For a nation with a stockpile of life threatening weapons there is no cost for jumping on the non-proliferation bandwagon; they maintain their power base by keeping their weapons and stopping others from having them and they get to look good too! (at least if no-one is listening properly). If the politicians really want to make the world safe then start dis-arming, no-one needs nuclear weapons.