Got Nukes, Mr. Dictator? You Hold On to Them!

In 2006, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was hanged by the authorities that came in place after the 2003 Iraq War.

In 2011, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was beaten to death by a vengeful mob in the streets of Sirte amid a civil war complemented with NATO air strikes against the regime.

Both had failed to develop their own nuclear arsenals despite striving to do so, thus leaving their dictatorships exposed to “regime change” and foreign interventions.

The cases of Ukraine, an emerging democracy which gave up its stockpile of Soviet nukes, and of Israel, a mature democracy which built up its own arsenal, complicate the spread of nuclear weapons even further.

Judging from nearly a dozen major cases from recent history and current events, it is unlikely North Korea and Iran would ever voluntarily give up their nuclear weapons or programs.

This book makes one of the ugliest lesson of history that has now become crystal clear: give up your nukes and you are a toppled, dead dictator, give up your nukes and you are a democracy ripe for the taking.

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