posted on Jun, 28 2004 @ 02:03 PM
Actually South Africa is doing rather well economically. The problem with the West it always wants to lump South Africa with the rest of Africa. South
Africa has historically had a rather strong navy, and I would suspect that the new government are trying to keep up with the Jones' rather than the
Mugabes ( who by the way are landlocked).
The question I have is why would any country need nuclear weapons? Haven't we learnt for the Hiroshima Nagasaki incidents that this is not an
occasion where the usage of nuclear weapons could be considered as
an acceptable response.
"The following is a list of nations that have admitted the possession of nuclear weapons, and the approximate number of warheads under their control.
This list is informally known in global politics as the "Nuclear Club".
United States - 10,640
Russia - 8,600
People's Republic of China - 400
France - 350
United Kingdom - 200
India - 60-90
Pakistan - 24-48
Israel - It is questionable whether Israel should be classed as a "suspected state" at this point. Israel is not a member of the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty and refuses to officially admit or deny having a nuclear arsenal, or to having developed nuclear weapons, or even to having a
nuclear weapons program. Although former Prime Minister Shimon Peres unofficially acknowledged this last fact in the summer of 1998, extensive
information about this program in Dimona was disclosed by physician Mordechai Vanunu in 1986, and imagery analysts can identify weapon bunkers, mobile
missile launchers, and launch sites in satellite photographs. It is clear though that Israel can deploy or employ nuclear weapons at will, and it is
suspected to possess nuclear weapons by the International Atomic Energy Agency. According to the National Resources Defense Council and the Federation
of American Scientists, they may possess 100-200 weapons."
et etc ... what does Israel need nuclear weapons for again?
[edit on 28-6-2004 by Mynaeris]