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The connection between UNSC and nukes is valid exactly in so far as a common interest in the future of the United Nations (resp. the NPT) is at hand. If that is not the case, of course that connection was irrelevant.

I think we can agree that while each nation has its own approach to the UN and its pitfalls, the last word whether it is legitimate successor of the League of Nations is neither with Europe nor with America alone:

Twenty-seven years ago, as Emperor of Ethiopia, I mounted the rostrum in Geneva, Switzerland, to address the League of Nations and to appeal for relief from the destruction which had been unleashed against my defenseless nation, by the Fascist invader. I spoke then both to and for the conscience of the world. My words went unheeded, but history testifies to the accuracy of the warning that I gave in 1936.

Today, I stand before the world organization which has succeeded to the mantle discarded by its discredited predecessor. In this body is enshrined the principle of collective security which I unsuccessfully invoked at Geneva. Here, in this Assembly, reposes the best - perhaps the last - hope for the peaceful survival of mankind.

In 1936, I declared that it was not the Covenant of the League that was at stake, but international morality. Undertakings, I said then, are of little worth if the will to keep them is lacking. The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.

But these, too, as were the phrases of the Covenant, are only words; their value depends wholly on our will to observe and honor them and give them content and meaning.

When the WWII Axis unfolded, the war against Ethiopia was the decisive action to collapse the system of collective security.

These days the U.S.A. are no longer the only country with their own Wernher von Braun, but in the long term the space defense system only makes sense to replace the old multipolar order of the 20th century, not to preserve it. When even the UN fear we may pull a dinosaur and get hit by an asteroid...

The Persian nuclear program, even if you leave aside the propaganda and the carrier systems and deliberately chose to see only the civilian side of it, is a cargo cult. Like those Pacific island natives who for their perceived spiritual benefits built airstrips before they built airplanes, the Qom cultists build enrichment facilities before they build powerplants for the same reason. No missile shield can protect us from radiological bombs on their basijis carrier systems, only a fundamental reorder of the international system can.

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