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The monopoly of mass destruction

By Owen Paine on Tuesday December 12, 2006 03:36 PM

Catholic prog columnist and erstwhile Pope-bopper James Carroll writes on another hidebound insitution, America's unitary security state, whose
... nuclear double standard is the issue. Iran's nuclear ambition is only to have what America has. Hence the impasse.... Washington must renounce the nuclear double standard, recommitting itself to nuclear abolition.
He's completely right, of course.
The reason Iran should not have nuclear weapons is that no country should.
But remember, only the threat of total destruction -- a national omnicide -- can counter an anti-empire insurgency, like the one "we" face in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq these days. If you're emperor, it's good to have nukes -- or no, it's maybe "totally" necessary.

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