The article Taking disarmament seriously, as with many arms control advocacy pieces, presumes what it sets out to prove.
That doesn’t work for me. I can’t take disarmament arguments seriously without serious arguments. Arms controllers tend to be full of “we gotta” while ignoring the “and here’s how we’re gonna” part.
So in the “we gotta” regard, the article attempts to build a sense of crisis regarding nuclear war while attributing the lack of nuclear war to luck, which, sans evidence, is a hard thing to do. The “we gotta” also always assumes the efficacy of arms control treaties. (more…)