Following World Wars I and II, formal and informal proposals were made for the military disarmament of nation-states. The war system has been so destructive of life that many naïve souls believed that some form of dumping weapons into the seas would bring about peace by depriving political systems of the tools of warfare. This same assumption underlies modern international efforts to dismantle – or to at least prevent increased production of – nuclear weapons, whose capacities for the mass slaughter of innocents were amply demonstrated to the world by America in 1945. That nuclear disarmament treaties would be unable to undo the knowledge of how to create such weapons, or to transform the disposition to use them, reflects the intellectual and spiritual emptiness of our species.
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