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June 09, 2008

Re "A critical mass for disarmament," Opinion,

June 4

Joseph Cirincione's Op-Ed article is utopian nonsense.

The evidence is clear: The Iranians stopped (or sufficiently buried) their nuclear weapons program after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. They were frightened that the U.S. would enforce a nonproliferation requirement. North Korea has continually been two-faced in negotiations and has violated agreements. Could partners like this ever be trusted?

It is a law of nature that the strong survive. Strong countries have power and influence to protect themselves and their friends, and to promote such rightful causes as human rights.

Power means having weapons. Nuclear weapons exist. That genie will never go back in the bottle. The important thing is to keep them in the hands of good people.

Jordan Smith


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