But if it has that civil capability it…

June 7, 2010

But if it has that civil capability it is all too easy to turn it to less than peaceful purposes.
And a country with a nuclear power programme can have nuclear weapons for a modest extra cost.
Such arguments may seem trivial when bodies as thoughtful as the Church of England have taken it upon themselves to ponder the issue of the use of nuclear weapons; but the bomb has not gone off and when it has receded into the background we will be left with the demand for electricity. One day that demand will begin to grow.
Even if it does not we will need to replace ageing power stations.
The atom is there and when short-term oil surpluses vanish there will be pressure to build more nuclear power stations. How do we do that without spreading too widely the ability to make bombs?
Probably by encouraging the world’s wealthy nations to build nuclear power stations so that other countries need not follow suit.
Then the others will be free to burn the oil and coal that might otherwise be consumed in the nuclear nations.
There is a pressing case for the nuclear nations to deny fissile materials to would be customers.
It matters not that those customers are today seen as perfectly reasonable countries without weapons intentions who should not be denied the benefits of modern technology.
Unfortunately and today’s reasonable government may well be ousted by crazed fanatics ” 50 years ago in Germany, for example.
This area of business is so important that the nuclear nations should throw overboard all thought of evenhandedness. They should not try to be fair to other countries.
It isn’t fairness that the world needs.
While the US and USSR continue to play their game of trying to reduce the numbers of nuclear weapons and the battle must continue to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to seemingly peaceful nations.
That means forgetting about the quick bucks to be made from selling nuclear technology.
With so much talk of reducing the number of bombs and the weapons implications of nuclear power seem to have been forgotten.
The trade in plutonium between Britain and the US has shown that two countries that proclaim their peaceful intentions as loudly as any are not beyond suspicion and that it is difficult to believe assurances that nuclear power stations have no weapons connection.

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