Reality: Humanity can’t indefinitely avoid using nuclear weapons
CitationKibaroglu, M., (January-February 2017) “Reality: Humanity can't indefinitely avoid using nuclear weapons”, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Development and Disarmament Roundtable, Vol. 73, No. 1
A Bulletin reader named Ryan Alt argues in the comments to this roundtable that “it is very difficult to imagine [a nuclear weapon] ban [treaty] as anything more than wishful thinking.” Another reader, Keith B. Rosenberg, writes that one should “[n]ever make a treaty that will not be adhered to”—essentially, that the ban treaty is too idealistic to be feasible. I’ll argue the opposite—that realistically appraising nuclear weapons and their dangers demands the negotiation of a ban treaty. What is overly idealistic is to believe that humanity, if it possesses nuclear weapons indefinitely, will indefinitely manage to avoid nuclear war.
SourceBulletin of the Atomic Scientists