Should any country be allowed to still posses nuclear weapons?Is there anything we (the U.S.) can do to get rid of them.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As others comment, to do away with nuclear weapons would necessitate a world where we can trust each other. This is highly unlikely to happen! Also, we can never be sure that nuclear weapons will not fall into the wrong hands, and therefore having nuclear weapons as a deterrent is vitally important to prevent rogue states gaining incredible amounts of power. So, unfortunately, it looks as though they are here to stay!

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I think it is too late to say that no one can possess nuclear weapons. I am unsure if there is even a way to monitor each other and control the use of nuclear weapons.  

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Unfortunately nuclear weapons are liken to Pandora's Box...it's been opened...many nations possess the technology to build a nuclear weapon therefore those that can...will which is why it would be great if the Pandora's Box could be closed before the rogue nations of the world possess them. However, on a more positive note the reduction of nuclear weapons between the United States and the Soviet Union over the years offer at least a tiny glimpse of sanity to the insanity of nuclear weapons.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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If a country disposes of all its nuclear arsenal it would be putting itself at risk. I do not think that there is any country that will do this. Cutting back and getting rid of some of them-sure-but eliminating them all together-no way! It would be nice if there were no nuclear weapons in the world but I really don't think that's even a possibility.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I agree with previous posts.  As a leader in the world, we should be the first to get rid of our nukes, however, if we do that before all other countries, we will be putting ourselves into a position of vulnerability.  I doubt it will ever happen...the threat of nukes from the countries that have them is enough to keep people from using them at the present time.  That is not to say that the probability of these bombs flying in the near future is low. 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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It would be great if all countries eliminated their stockpiles and then banned the creation of any others worldwide. But, the U. S. has no intention of doing this, so who will set the precedent if not us?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous thoughts were strong in that they articulated the inevitability of the possession of nuclear weapons.  It is very difficult to simply ban these weapons because the technology and money are out there for any nation or organization to possess.  In my mind, the best that can be done would be to ensure that these weapons fall into the hands of credible sources and nations and try to negotiate with them in reaching agreements for all nations about the use and destruction of such weapons.  I think it is too idealistic to suggest that a complete ban on any nation possessing them can be enacted.  I think being able to pragmatically approach the problem might be the best way to address the situation.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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First of all, there is nothing anyone can truly do to take nuclear weapons away from countries that have them now.  So to say no one is allowed to have them is pointless.

If we could take them away from all countries and also take away everyone's ability to make them again, I would say we should.  But we can never do that.  Given that, it would be foolish for the US to give up its nuclear weapons.  If we have none and other countries do have them or have the ability to make them, we are at the mercy of those other countries.

In a perfect world, we would never have invented them.  But that's not the world we live in and we will always need nukes.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Self-defense is one of the most basic of all primitive behaviors. You must do all that you can to safeguard your survival and if it means having those types of weapons, then by all means you should have them. One must also understand the consequences of having them and if anyone uses them in an evil way, they must be dealt with immediately.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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It will be ideal if all countries and all other underground and terrorist organizations in the world agree to dismantle all their nuclear arms and agree not to ever build them again. It will be even better if they all agree to not to resort to war under any condition and accordingly give up all their military programs. This would enable the entire world to utilize its resources directly for the improving of the condition and living standards of people. However, this appears to be very distant dream without any clear indication of the right approach to achieve it.

It is quite unlikely that USA or any country acting alone will be able to enforce such a condition on rest of the world. As a matter any attempt of one country to impose its will or concept of what is right on others, will only act against the interest of disarmament. Though there is no guarantee that it will work, a country like USA, with perhaps the biggest stockpile of nuclear warheads, can start working toward nuclear arm free world by voluntarily reducing its stockpile of nuclear arms, and then try to persuade other countries with nuclear weapons to do the same. When this initiative starts to work, additional steps can be initiated to form international organization and mechanism to prevent production and stocking of nuclear weapons.

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