Monday, April 6, 2009

"A world without nuclear arms"

"As North Korea fired a missile over Japan, raising fears of proliferation, Mr Obama said the US was the only nation to have used a nuclear bomb and had a "moral responsibility" to seek a world without nuclear arms. A summit will be held this year to plot a four-year plan to secure nuclear weapons and material, he said, in an address to 20,000 people in Prague yesterday. "The threat of global nuclear war has gone down, but the risk of a nuclear attack has gone up," Mr Obama said. "Testing has continued. Black market trade in nuclear secrets and nuclear material abound. The technology to build a bomb has spread. Terrorists are determined to buy, build or steal one . . . The world must stand together to prevent the spread of these weapons . . . I am not naive. This goal will not be reached quickly - perhaps not in my lifetime."

He is not naive? The goal will "perhaps" not be reached in his lifetime?

Anyone over the age of 25 who expresses these thoughts is either frighteningly naive or frighteningly cynical. This is the type of statement you make in front of a college audience, so the cameras can pick up shots of pretty girls with tears in their eyes.

Last month he promised to find a cure for cancer. This month, it's abolish all nuclear weapons. What's next month? Abolish mean people and rainy days and Mondays?

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