Where limits on fulfilment are necessary, they must be shared equally, that is, the limits must be on all people the same, consented to, and abided through self-restraint.
People all have an equal right to protect themselves, to reject harm. When another has a weapon often the only real protection is another weapon.
Weapons are a protection against others with weapons. They will only become irrelevant when no-one needs them, but this will only happen when the opportunity for growth is shared so everyone can grow.
Threats only increase the incentive to develop weapons, until the threats prove empty.
It may be too late for developed nations to gain sufficient trust from nations that have been marginalised to halt development of nuclear weaponry. If anything, it is a race for less-developed nations to develop these weapons so they can ensure they are no longer marginalised.
The best the West (and the rest of the world) can do, is improve relations with marginalised nations. Help them grow economically and socially, include them in the society of nations, build trust founded on trust. This can be done with support and assistance, with sharing and inclusion, but not with threats and sanctions.
Marginalised nations will not trust developed nations until they are trusted. If nations marginalised by the West wish to develop weaponry the West will not stop them by threats. If these nations attempt to use them, the West will respond (as every nation has a right to), but the West must trust these nations to behave responsibly (as the West believes it does) or they never will.
It is true that the impoverished, desperate nations the West has isolated for ideological reasons are a threat to the West’s wealth and security. But the West has no greater right to wealth and security than other nations. It would be best if the West shared this wealth and security (and built trust) now, before marginalised nations develop the weapons they need to equalise their security.
Only an equalising of power will enable a more democratic, equal and effective council of nations. Shared weapons technology enables this equalisation.
Shared technology works to equalise security, economy, health, education, and opportunity. In the short term, arms will not be reduced, but they may become irrelevant.
Some countries will not feel able to trust others until they have the weaponry to guarantee they are not duped. When they have these and they trust, then the weapons may become redundant. If the US does not trust North Korea with weapons, how can North Korea trust the US with weapons?
The development of any weapon or defence that weakens the supremacy of the formerly ultimate weapon will lead to a new arms race if that technology is not shared. Until technology is shared, there will not be trust, and without trust there will continue to be arms races.
Any and all force must be used with regret and maximum restraint to minimise harm. Any use of force that is disproportionate to the harm it is in response to, must be followed by amends for it.
Obama, by seeking to remove America as the grand enemy of non-Western nations, diverts the attention of nations onto their own regimes. Without an enemy these regimes cannot divert attention from the harm they do their own people and self-destruct.
There is however every right to intervene and not share with nations infected or afflicted by exclusive groups aligned to philosophies of harm. Harm must be rejected as forcefully as required to halt it.
[Excerpt from The Common Purpose Manifesto]