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GliderGuider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 02:58 PM
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80. What I've always found interesting about that linkage
Out of the 31 countries with civilian nuclear power programs, only 7 have developed nuclear weapons. Five of those are NPT signatories (US, UK, Russia, France and China), while two (India and Pakistan) are not. Two nations (Israel and NK) have nuclear weapons, but no civilian nuclear program. I'm not sure what to make of this except that it doesn't seem as simple as it is in most people's minds (i.e. power reactors -->> bombs).

The standard linkage argument looks to me a lot like the "gateway drug" argument applied to marijuana vis a vis heroin use, and suffers from the same shortcomings. We can deal with the spread of nuclear weapons through diplomacy and direct action without impeding the use of nuclear power by the nations who just want electricity.
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