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Wednesday Night Live

David Mazower | 17:36 UK time, Wednesday, 14 February 2007

It's Karnie here blogging the show ... Tonight we asked whether nuclear weapons make you feel safer, and what makes children happy.

To thrash out the nuclear issue, Madeleine was joined by Ben Rhode, a research analyst from the International Institute for Strategic Studies here in the UK, and, as Dicky might say, a "massively global" panel of callers from 14 countries. Then we had a slightly smaller but no less global bunch of kids gathered around microphones worldwide to tell us about their lives.

If you missed the show you can catch up here on the blog, and of course it's never to late to add your thoughts, just post a comment.

From Sule Kinging in Nigeria:
To have a nuclear weapon is very important because it can protect the image of that country.

Mr Ram - India
All of the developed nations must come to a common agenda and agree to utilise Nuclear energy only for peaceful purposes, so that all other countries, including India, will join together for a safer world.

Roger - USA
Nukes do not make me feel safe. If the US had a tenth the number of nukes as it does now, we would still have more than enough to completely terrify anything on the planet.

PAT
Here in Canada we tend to rely on our next door neighbour to provide some level of security. Though since the cold war, I have doubts about what they're actually protecting us from.

HANK - USA
It seems that only certain countries think they're entitled to have nuclear weapons, here in America there is enough War heads to dissolve the world, and still they don't think anyone else should have any.

Mansour in Monrovia:
North Korea has the right to develop nuclear technology.

Bubakar, Banjul, Gambia
Though my wish might be a fantasy, nontheless i wish our little country became a nuclear state. With it we can get recognition, bargain for debt cancellation and loans to improve the lot of our people.

Chinthuli Peter in Malawi:
Only those leaders who pass a psychiatic test could have nuclear weapons.

Ella, Nairobi:
Nukes demonstrate man's desire to conquer all. Could we have a day to celebrate them? It may reduce the fear that they generate.

Leye, Nigeria:
North korea's case has shown that nuclear power or even the pursuit of it is a potent bargaining tool. A license to be taken seriously by the rest of the world. The challenge before america and nuclear powers is how to provide realistic answers to the imbalance of power in the world. Only then can the world be safe. They cannot unlearn what has already been learnt.

Phillip Oketcho, Kampala:
The whole world would be much safer if every nation abandoned nuclear program!

Anon:
O dear, it's boys with toys again. No, they do not make anyone sane feel safe. And could u please teach your boy to pronounce nuclear? Newkiller is reserved 4 bush.

Banks, amsterdam:
Any fool knows nuclear weaponry is Madness , no matter who has it...

Daniel from China:
Nuclear weapons should only be limited to countries with wealth and democracy not the poor ones, like Iran and North Korea

Lubna, Iraq:
If Saddam declared that he's got nuclear weapons, the US and British forces would never have dared to invade iraq, our world is like a jungle.

Muyuni, Zambia:
The biggest threat to world peace is not nuclear weapons but America's foreign policy which makes it a must for every nation to posses nuclear weapon.

Hassan from Freetown, Sierra Leone:
As for me since United States and others have Nuclear Weapons, so every country has the right to nuclear weapons also.

Willie Benson, Ganta, Liberia:
The lack of trust among powerful nations of the world is responsible for the proliferation of nuclear weapons.


And now onto the topic of Children and what makes them happy...

Anon:
British parents lack the morality to bring up children. Many British parents don't spend time with their kids. Generally the kids of the poor fight more for life than the kids of the rich who have all things by their side.

John, Malaga, Spain:
Happiness is a clean home,and someone to come home to.

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