If nuclear technology is made an open secret, will it deter wars?

@vandana7 (51357)
India
August 27, 2009 3:32pm CST
I have been thinking that nuclear technology if available with all countries could reduce their usage, smuggling, and whatever. This is because the implications are huge, and any retaliation could be equally damaging to the nation that resorts to fist use. Am I right about it?
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@psycospaz (320)
• United States
27 Aug 09
I think that it would make life very interesting. If nuke was avalible to every country in the world then I think it would become a giant arms race. When it comes to war, no one really cares what happens on the other side of the world, just as long as they are not affected. Now away from warheads and bombs, I believe that it could be good to help get electricity to those who have none. And even help third world countries build up, but with great power comes great responsibility. And all of the little civil wars would become a lot more bloody I am afraid.
@vandana7 (51357)
• India
27 Aug 09
Yeah. It makes sense. But we are no better as of now either, are v? I mean we have terrorists striking at their will and whim. So do u think the leadership across the world has matured enough to look at this technology as responsibility and ensure that it doesnt fall in the wrong hands, instead of encouraging terrorists to smuggle it bring it to them?
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• United States
27 Aug 09
I personally don't think it has. And the tell tale marker that it hasn't matured enough is the fact that world hunger is still a issue. Each country I know is doing their own thing, and the UN is trying but there is really no big group effort. And for nukes to be everywhere there would have to be one big group effort on even the smallest countries part.
@vandana7 (51357)
• India
27 Aug 09
Couldnt agree with u more. Wish we could be more of a group rather than such divided set of animals. :-)
@taztheone (1726)
• India
27 Aug 09
Nuclear weapons are really destructive & it can destroy the whole world & turn it into ashes. So I think nuclear power should be only with responsible nations, rather than each & every country going nuclear.
@vandana7 (51357)
• India
30 Aug 09
Yeah. Even I think so. But look at it like this. If we dont, then these so called irresponsible nations will continue to do research at the expense of their helpless populations (my country included), and at times, there will be nations and terrorists who will hold others to ransom for raising required funds for their research. Even responsible nations, what is the guarantee that they will be able to safeguard it foreover, after all there are quite a few countries that now have the technology (my country included). For example - the terrorists hijack a plane and ask for plutonium in return for hostages, would u be able to refuse? Please reply if u can, I would definitely like to know what ur views are on such things.
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• United States
30 Aug 09
I can see your point about terrorist, but I think that will happen even if every country had the same levels of nuclear power. For example say every country had the exact same research and development facillities, and the same amount of materials need for that research, then we would have factions of terrorist who believe that the either a) need it all for themselves so they can rule the world, or b) need to destroy it all so no one can have it. You would still have the same hijackers demanding the same things, and now that everyone has it to offer, who could refuse? Only the terrorists could now do it at a much higher level, around the globe.
@taztheone (1726)
• India
30 Aug 09
The problem arises if a less powerful country goes nuclear, then the ability to protect the nuclear weapons will be in doubt & hence terrorists can easily get their hands on it some way or the other,compared to a super power country. Once that happens, then you had it. More over with nuclear power, the responsibilities of a country increases. Smaller country thinks they have the nuclear weapons with them & hence always thinks of using nuclear power in case of an argument with another country. For example when N-Korea & S-Korea becomes completely nulear, I think they are going to blow up each other & the whole world will bare the consequences. Hence nuclear power should be only with those countries who can protect it as well as be responsible.
@bird123 (10235)
• United States
29 Aug 09
This is a dangerous idea. I think you don't deserve one until you have the knowledge and capability to make it yourself.Maybe then will you have the wisdom not to use them.Then there is the question. Do you give them fission or fusion? Fission would be bad enough but when you have fusion capabilities you can easily impact life on Earth with a limited number of weapons.
• South Africa
27 Aug 09
Well I think that maybe wars would drop but the only problem is that it would become alot easier for terrorists to get their hands on nuclear technology which isnt a good thing :S so I guess it swings both ways
@vandana7 (51357)
• India
30 Aug 09
Dont u think terrorsits would fear for their loved ones! Or their cause! And dont u think the terrorists are anyway capable of getting such technologies out from any nation. Suppose they were to seige whitehosue, and demand that such technology be given, would it be possible to refuse them? Yeah, it swings both ways, as u said. I wish it was not discovered, and if discovered, I wish it was not used for the purpose that it was used. :-)
• Philippines
27 Aug 09
It is a good idea but I think it will not be possible as of my lifetime. Mainly because countries don;t trust each other and only US is capable of having nuclear weapons and not willing to give up their capability. I think if we will have alien invaders that's the only time nations will cooperate with each other.
@vandana7 (51357)
• India
30 Aug 09
And aliens wont come! :( Really, three is nothing on earth - rather nothing in our solar system to bring aliens here. :( U think in terms of galactic time, we are dying! And any alien who can do that many calculations of travelling across galaxiees already knows it! But that is besides the topic. U r perhaps the only person in this discussion who has accepted that it is a good idea. The reasons I consider it to be good are cited in the post immediately above urs, and I do have to explain the reasons to others as well. If u dont mind, can u go thru that post. :-) Thank u for responding. :-)