Sunday, October 15, 2006

Woes of the World

The long third-place member of the "Axis of Evil" has rocketed to the top of the list with its attention-grabbing tactics. If past United Nations resolutions elsewhere are any indication, yesterday's resolution against a nuclear North Korea and what exactly it means is hard to predict. It's incredibly difficult to enforce economic sanctions on a nation that has counterfeit American dollars as one of its past primary exports.

While coverage of the crisis has been solid, I've had a question bumping around in my head. Why aren't we journalists looking, not just at North Korea, but the tens of other countries believed to be enhancing nuclear capability?

The beginning of a new trend in coverage may have emerged in a startling report in today's New York Times. William Broad and David Sanger examine how as many as 40 nations may possess the ability to build a nuclear weapon. Hundreds of companies are seeking out uranium, the story reports, where only dozens did just a few years ago.

The nuclear issue on air and in print is only going to be amplified. In the coming weeks and months, perhaps we'll see a resurgence in coverage of another frightening element of our nuclear world. Since the 2004 election, we have heard little about what nations, including our own, are doing to reclaim thousands of unaccounted for "loose nukes." The story has sat idle for too long.

1 comment:

Don said...

You're correct. We should be seeing more of these stories. Its there. but whether its a lack of resources or something else, there hasn't been enough reporting.