Popular at home, and maybe even more popular abroad, President Obama plans on capitalizing on his stardom by calling tomorrow (Sunday) for a nuclear-free world.
His comments will come in Prague, his latest stop on his eight-day tour of Europe.
He gave a bit of a precursor to the need for an end to nuclear weapons during a speech yesterday at Strasbourg, France where he expressed his concerns about the dangers of nuclear proliferation.
Those nations that already have the bomb favor keeping other countries, especially those that might prove a threat to them or their allies, from developing nuclear weapons as well. But, even the United States and Russia, which have reduced their number of nuclear arms since the end of the Cold War, are reticent to dismantle them completely, adhering to the old adage of mutually assured destruction. And even with that reduction, each nation has enough in its arsenal to obliterate the other - several times over - even though once would be much more than enough, thank you.
Then there's the issue of nations like Israel who are believed to have developed nukes but have never acknowledged it. And other countries, like Iran, who are trying to develop nuclear weapons of their own. How does one assure that everyone plays by the rules and disarms?
It's a daunting task, but at least Obama is using his bully pulpit on the world stage, and the good feelings other nations have toward him, to float the idea.
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