VIENNA, Austria — The head of the U.N. nuclear agency warned Monday that as many as 30 countries could soon have technology that would let them produce atomic weapons “in a very short time,” joining the nine states known or suspected to have such arms.

Speaking at a conference on tightening controls against nuclear proliferation, Mohamed ElBaradei said more nations are “hedging their bets” by developing technology that is at the core of peaceful nuclear energy programs but could quickly be switched to making weapons.

Full article here.  I have to say I’m particularly worried about Belgium getting the bomb — all those years of gettin’ no respect has probably scarred the psyches of those poor Belgos.

I think the solution here may be to give nuclear weapons technology to the UN.   Why?  Give the UN the ability to impose sanctions, and the power to do so quickly becomes useless.  Give it armies to send to the ends of the earth, and the armies immediately lose their might.  If we could achieve the same with nuclear weapons, then maybe we can all sleep at night again.

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