My grandmother has a bunch of my dad’s old comics in her attic, and I remember reading one where Superman decides to destroy all of the world’s nuclear weapons. Now unfortunately, we don’t have a superhero to help us solve our problems, but it got me thinking. What if every country disposed of their nukes? No hidden weapons reserves, no nuclear facilities. What if they were all just…gone?
Think of the conflicts that would be alleviated, the threat of nuclear retaliation lifted from the world. India and Pakistan, Israel and it’s Arab neighbors, Iran, North Korea and the rest of the world. All of these countries are engaged in conflicts that are enhanced by the threat of nuclear weapons. The Cold War could have been completely averted. The events in movies like Terminator and The Sum of All Fears are fictional, but built upon a grain of potential truth. A nuclear catastrophe has the potential to plunge us into a nuclear winter, or destroy the world entirely. Nuclear weapons are used as deterrence. If your enemy didn’t have one, you wouldn’t need one. And if no one had them… I believe that getting rid of all nuclear weapons would be a huge step toward every beauty pageant contestant’s favorite answer: World Peace.