It is futile to hope that people will respect the law so long as some are allowed to get away with flouting it. To win genuine respect for the non-proliferation treaty - and 'voluntary' compliance by the non-nuclear states - the enforcers will have to begin by getting rid of their own stockpiles of nuclear weapons, abandon their own nuclear weapons programmes and open up their own nuclear facilities for inspection by the non-nuclear world.
The first step in this direction could be to make the killing of non-combatants a war crime. This step, if enforced without fear or favour, could make the development of weapons of mass destruction redundant - and pave the way for getting rid of the existing nuclear, biological, bacterial and similar weapons of mass destruction.
Parliament of Great Britain
20 AugustReuse content