It appears that the issue of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) such as the nuclear weapons are once again on their path to occupy the cent restage in the world affairs. There are some rogue nations such as North Korea and Pakistan, who acquired nuclear weapons through backdoor and unethical means, are resorting to blackmailing their adversaries by issuing nuclear threats.
Even the heads of those states that are considered to be the strongest are making irresponsible statements that are aggravating the situation. For example, the President of Russia recently said, “We need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defense systems.”
Even the president-elect Donald J. Trump has made a tweet stating that “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capabilities until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes”.
At a time the world is facing multiple problems such as poverty, inequality, terrorism and climate change, the leaders, instead of focussing on the real issues, are trying to divert the attention of the people away from them by advocating further stockpiling of nuclear arsenal, which will further aggravate the security situation in the world.
Nations like America and Britain, which were considered to be the strongest, grew weaker politically and financially over the last few years. These nations, however, are not able to digest the fact that they no longer able to exercise their hegemonic influence over the rest of the world and somehow are trying to maintain their stranglehold over the world.
There are many countries where the so-called nationalist forces have come to power. They, to hoodwink their masses, are indulging in a lot of rabble-rousing against their traditional rivals. The weapons exporting countries such as the US are exploiting the situation to sell the weapons of mass destruction to even the third world countries such as India. Increasing their political influence by fuelling conflict appears to be their strategy.
The politicians and plutocrats in the third world nations are going on a weapons acquisition spree making millions in the process in the form of kickbacks. The Rafael deal between India and France exposed the unholy alliance between politicians and plutocrats and how they are embezzling the taxpayer’s money.
The situation will not change as long as people don’t realize the futility of accumulating the weapons of mass destruction and vote for those who work for peace. Because only peace can bring about prosperity.