- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

We use nuclear weapons every day to deter our potential foes and provide reassurance to the allies to whom we offer protection (“My plan to drop the bomb,” Opinion, Thursday).

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is not the only one who thirsts for a nuclear-free world. Mr. Obama likes to talk about his vision of a nuclear-free world, and in Moscow, he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed an agreement setting targets for sweeping reductions in the world’s largest nuclear arsenals.

Are we heading toward a nuclear-free world anytime soon? No. We will need a strong deterrent, and that need will last at least for decades, if not forever. The notion that we can abolish nuclear weapons springs from a combination of American-style utopianism and parochialism.

Go ahead and wish for a nuclear-free world, but pray that you don’t get what you wish for. A world without nukes would be even more dangerous than a world with them.

MATHEW PRIEDITIS

Frederick, Md.

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