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Future of Youth: on Hold?
By Alodia L., Grade 10, Delta Secondary School, Delta, BC

Nuclear weapons? War? These are some of the deplorable questions that floated in my mind at the time I heard the news about the production of Nuclear Weapons. Is there war? If there isn't, what are these weapons for? In the midst of my thoughts, I had a sudden reflection about the future. It hit me. If these weapons would be used, it would be for destruction, that's for sure. How about the youth? Is there a bright future that awaits them?

Recently, there had been reports that North Korea had been working to produce nuclear bomb fuel in spite of a 1994 agreement. Earlier, Iraq was also believed to be possessing weapons for massive destruction that situated the whole world into mind-boggling horror.

On the other hand, U.S. President George Bush, together with Britain's Prime Minister, Tony Blair, tried to take action about this matter through disarming Saddam Hussein, the country's leader. Pres. Bush said that they're ready to have a war with Iraq. However, the United Nations Organization will not allow U.S. to act on a violent manner.

North Korea's weapons are not necessary and not to be ignored. North Korea also committed itself to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a joint declaration with South Korea not to develop Nuclear Weapons.

This treaty is one of the most important agreements on arms control. Signatories pledged to restrict the development, deployment, and testing of Nuclear Weapons to ensure that weapons, materials, or technology would not be transferred outside the five countries that had Nuclear Weapons (Great Britain, France, China, the U.S., and USSR) In 1995, more than 170 countries agreed to permanently extend the treaty.

North Korea's Nuclear weapon confirmation and Iraq's mass destruction armaments have been a threat to the whole world. Furthermore, Iraq and the U.S. are still not settled. Iraq is strongly denying the discovery and U.S. wants to take action. It is also assumed that the U.S. might pursue a war with Iraq if it doesn't surrender its weapons. However, North Korea had a resolution with South Korea. Still, many are wondering, why did North Korea admit its possession of Nuclear Weapons? Some people may think that it's a good thing.

I have read an interview about the possible reasons behind the acknowledgement of Nuclear Weapons. Lee-Jung Hoon from Yonsei University in Seoul, said that, there may be two things why North Korea admitted the Nuclear Weapons: it is either because Washington right now is anxious with Iraq and a war with Iraq is undecided. So, North Korea probably wants to negotiate with U.S. and attempt to get some economic support from U.S. or there's no point in denying it after U.S. had discovered their Nuclear Weapons. But, whatever it is, youth's future is in a state of uncertainty. Meanwhile, there are some rallies that are going on concerning the possible war with Iraq.

Their banners say just one thought: "No War." Of course, who would want war? Imagine if a war existed, the dreams and hopes of the people, particularly the youths, who are just starting to enjoy and appreciate life, would be broken down into several pieces like a sand castle that fell down by just one, strong force of a wave.

Some people might say that youths are up to no good. But some youth are just victims of the harsh reality of life. The bad environment that their eyes see might have influenced them. Youths are like young plants that need to grow with enough attention, a light to guide them and a home. Many youths still dream and struggle to reach their goal to succeed. So, Boom! Wake up! Think about the souls full of hopes and ideas.


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