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There are nine countries or more that have the capability of dropping a nuclear bomb. This deadly achievement gives these countries power to do whatever they deem necessary in their best interests. In short, each has a powerful scare tactic to dominate nuclear free nations.

Now, if you were a country being bullied, wouldn't you want nuclear capability for your own country's security, first and foremost? A few years ago, didn't the Middle East say they would sign a document to remain nuclear free? But Israel and the U.S. vetoed such an agreement because Israel is already a nuclear nation — albeit unacknowledged.

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To counter foreign dominance and provide homeland security, all nations will try to develop nuclear war power. There is one way to stop this. Those nations with nuclear weaponry must get rid of it all. Then there will be a level playing field for all nations in this earth. This is simple. It is courageous. It is wise. It is not naive. It is the only hope for all nations to live together. Put down the weapons, the ugly provocative words, try to connect, understand, trust and heal. We all have our good points along with our bad — that includes Iran, Israel and the U.S.

Cassandra S. Naylor, Stevenson

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