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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Friday, March 10, 2006
The nuclear club
Because they are not a democracy, you might say. I have news for you: neither is Pakistan, but they have nukes, and yet this apparently isn't keeping Bush up at night. Well, but Iran is a “rogue state.” What the hell does that mean, anyway? Is a rogue state a state whose policies we don't like? Or one who treats its people unfairly and undemocratically? Because if that's the case, I'd like to add China, Russia, and a few other big guns to the list, way ahead of Iran.
No, the problem is that some Western nations, the US chief among them, insist in treating the rest of the world as a bunch of children. They have to quit even trying to get nuclear weapons, while our silos are chock-full. We have the permanent veto power on the Security Council at the UN, they better behave. Consider the completely undemocratic structure of Security Council (a leftover of the spoils of World War II), through which the US has passed or vetoed countless motions in favor of its own policy. This notwithstanding, that lunatic of the US Ambassador at the UN, one John Bolton, keeps spewing venom about the whole idea of an organization devoted to peacefully resolving conflicts around the world.
Want to gain credibility and to take the high moral road when fighting Iran's insane nuclear desires? Divest yourself of all your own nuke arsenal. Then we can talk again.