This grew out of Jabba's morality of assassination thread and we think it deserves its own thread. First, here's the general history of nuclear arms agreements, starting with the 1963 US-Russia "hotline" agreement: [link=http://www.atomicarchive.com/Treaties/index.shtml]Treaties, 1963 to present [/link] My basic stance is that while I think nuclear weapons are abhorrent and should be completely eliminated, I don't think it's very possible due to inter-country paranoia, as well as a number of these countries basically possessing nuclear weapons as a means to look impressive internally. It's notable that a number of countries with distinct security threats literally next door (South Korea and Japan are the main examples) have never had nuclear weapons programs even with countries that are outspoken enemies both next door and at least trying to possess nuclear weapons, while a number of countries with no distinctly threatening neighbors (South Africa is the best example) have had nuclear programs in the past. The difference is that countries like Japan and South Korea are relatively internal stable and don't feel a need to invest needlessly in weapons they'd probably never use anyway; countries like South Africa had serious internal issues and apparently felt possessing atomic arms would help that. Somehow However, I'd love it if we had an all-nations treaty that eliminated nuclear weapons from the planet. So, ideas please.