Of course, the prospect of a nuclear Iran is frightening, and Obama's quest for disarmament isn't going to change that--at least not directly. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad obviously doesn't care if we ratify the [Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty]. But European countries do, and they can help squeeze Tehran. Obama's arms control efforts may not engender warmth and comity in rogue state capitals, but they can build capital among those states whose help we need while reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism. Proliferation is a problem best solved through the strength provided by an international regime. One could dismiss this idea as starry-eyed one-worldism, but remember: We've tried it the other way over the last eight years. And look where we are.J. Peter Scoblic
We had an international regime in the 1930s, the League of Nations, and the Kellogg-Briand Pact banning international war. Didn't do a thing to stop militarization of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Scoblic dismisses referring to the Pre-WWII period as a right wing dodge. There is none so blind as he who will not see.
His idea that the feckless Europeans will help us prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons if
we sign the CTBT is particularly delusional.
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