Respected by a diplomatic tradition of peace with the neighbors, Brazil could rethink that orientation. Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of President Jair Bolsonaro, has proposed that Brazil possess nuclear weapons to be taken seriously in world geopolitics, especially by its neighbor Venezuela, China and Russia.
"It is the nuclear bombs that guarantee peace. If we had already prepared the nuclear submarines, if we had more military, maybe we would also be more taken seriously by Nicolás Maduro or feared by China or Russia, "said the young man, who has become one of the main influences of his father in what refers to international politics and before the chancellery. These statements took place during a meeting with students of the War College, in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies.
For the deputy, one of the obstacles to achieving this goal would be Brazil's participation in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) since 1998. Brazil developed nuclear technology in the 1940s and during the 21 years that the dictatorship lasted, between 1964 and 1985, when he competed militarily with Argentina. But with the return of democracy, both countries adopted in the 1990s cooperation in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and signed the NPT.
"It is not an agenda item because we can not get out of the treaty because of the sanctions, but I open it to debate," he said, showing the case of India and Pakistan as a positive example. "If only one of them had nuclear bombs, the relationship would not be the same. I am an enthusiast of that vision. They will say that I am aggressive, that I want to set fire to the world. But why does the world respect the United States? "Said Bolsonaro, a confessed admirer of Donald Trump.
"We know that if Brazil wanted to go over that convention, it would have to face a series of sanctions. It is a very complicated issue, "said the deputy, summoning future members of the Brazilian Armed Forces to take into consideration the matter.
"We know that at any moment, if the Venezuelan situation on the other side of our border gets worse, which is what nobody wants, who will take action will be you," he told the soldiers, after describing Maduro as "crazy linked to terrorists and drug trafficking ». (tagsToTranslate) bolsonaro (t) nuclear weapons (t)