The Millennials’ Nuclear Weapons Dilemma

18 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2019

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Rajendra Kumar Bera

Acadinnet Education Services India Pvt. Ltd.

Date Written: December 18, 2018


When survival demands one to be unflinchingly red in tooth and claw, the logic of brutality prevails. This persuasive fact compels the development of weapons of mass destruction — nuclear, chemical, biological, etc. No religion, peace evangelist, nor holy man has yet managed to remove this psychological compulsion because man is not a rational but a rationalizing animal, forever ready to defend his prejudices and irrational beliefs inherited from his ancestors. Humanity has ample knowledge and first-hand experience of the humanitarian consequences that accrue from such defences. Yet, the question: “to arm or not to arm” is intractable because the trust worthiness of decision makers entrusted with its resolution can never be established; their intent cannot be infallibly assessed. We can never know when a decision maker who talks of peace, is not plotting war. To win in any adversarial game, deception is a fundamental right. To overturn that, man must change. History is replete with peace treaties that were not worth the paper they were written on.

Keywords: nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction, disarmament, peace treaties, humanity

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Bera, Rajendra Kumar, The Millennials’ Nuclear Weapons Dilemma (December 18, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

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