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Title and Subtitle

A novel 

A Revised Edition 

Not Necessarily Preferable To War

Original Title : With One Nuke, the Dictator of Japan

by NOZORA AÏ

 

an experimental rewrite of the original Japanese version

by Nojima Akira

based on the works of Nojima Akira :

“On Participle Phrases Accompanied With A Comma”

and

"Current English Usage Corpus

classified on the basis of grammatical analysis"


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Preface

Preface

 

This is "an experimental rewrite" of the original Japanese version. While I feel like presenting a copy of the English version directly to each leader of the major countries, even if it should reach them and they, all unfortunately and impressively far from very smart, should read through it, I would be better off bracing myself for disastrously disappointing results. They would regard it as a dubious discourse sent from a suspicious character. It would be hardly expected that they (and their acolytes), much suspected to be cement-headed, could grasp the barebones of this discourse, sense a ringing wake up call somehow and be proactive about future crises, taking the necessary precautions against them. Just to be sure, "far from very smart" means decisive lack of imagination, creativity and guts. Since it is an already proven hard fact, it is no use refuting or denying it. As a matter of course any protests will not be accepted. If only they should be just a little bit smarter, this discourse might be nothing but a white elephant.

 

 If I do not bother to present a copy to them using what little money and  leisure I have, just because of the subtitle, "With One Nuke, The Dictator Of Japan", it would in no time attract much attention from the relevant organizations in the United States responsible for intelligence, equipped with an around-the-clock automated Net surveillance system. Nuke related words undoubtedly belong to the most important targets to be monitored. Possibly concealing their aim and identity, they might try to make direct contacts with me, enticing me with the kind of attractive bait that a person like me, one of an endless number of patients severely infected with Acquired Chronic Monetary Deficiency Syndrome, what's known as ACMDS (pronounced ǽkmədz), that is, one of those hard-pressed, would waste little time taking. One morning my mobile or land-line phone, whose numbers are only known to a few close friends and old acquaintances, might suddenly ring out, incomprehensible obscure whispers with an eerie tone of voice totally unfamiliar to me leaking out of the receiver. Furthermore, my phones might be tapped, my e-mail account hacked, what I mutter to myself overheard and even my slightest move in the bedroom overseen. Now walls could really have ears, or rather bugs. Whenever going out, I might be kept close tabs on by ………..

 

Such troubles, however, can'tpossibly happen.

What are such troubles?

Why can't they possibly happen?

They are all confidential affairs of my personal life. 

If I do not bother to present a copy to them using what little money and  leisure I have, just because of the subtitle, "With One Nuke, The Dictator Of Japan", it would in no time attract much attention from the relevant organizations in the United States responsible for intelligence, equipped with an around-the-clock automated Net surveillance system. Nuke related words undoubtedly belong to the most important targets to be monitored. Possibly concealing their aim and identity, they might try to make direct contacts with me, enticing me with the kind of attractive bait that a person like me, one of an endless number of patients severely infected with Acquired Chronic Monetary Deficiency Syndrome, what's known as ACMDS (pronounced ǽkmədz), that is, one of those hard-pressed, would waste little time taking. One morning my mobile or land-line phone, whose numbers are only known to a few close friends and old acquaintances, might suddenly ring out, incomprehensible obscure whispers with an eerie tone of voice totally unfamiliar to me leaking out of the receiver. Furthermore, my phones might be tapped, my e-mail account hacked, what I mutter to myself overheard and even my slightest move in the bedroom overseen. Now walls could really have ears, or rather bugs. Whenever going out, I might be kept close tabs on by ………..

 

Such troubles, however, can'tpossibly happen.

What are such troubles?

Why can't they possibly happen?

They are all confidential affairs of my personal life.


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Chapter One

Chapter One

  

Firstly, I will talk about KJ's Notes.

It was about a decade ago and quite by chance that I got acquainted on the Net with a person named KJ, who identified neither gender nor age. I myself had no interest in making sure of such identity. We kept on exchanging e-mail for several years, until one day I received a long untitled e-mail, the first one in several weeks, which turned out to be the last one from KJ. Since then I had no access to KJ. I named the long mail KJ's Notes. Which KJ, possibly conscious of nearing the end of life, might have left me instead of bidding adieu. It also could be read as KJ's memoir whose handling was entrusted to me. For KJ, life might not have been a marathon any longer.

  

What was appended as a long additional note to the Notes was a short essay with a preposterous title, “With One Nuke, The Dictator Of Japan”. One reading of the essay made me find almost everywhere the wording and expressions I used in my e-mails. KJ seemingly compiled the essay in a fairly skillful manner, almost free from inappropriate rewriting, modification, interpolation or distortion. There was demonstrated KJ's accurate digestion of my writing. At the end of the essay, KJ noted that it was KJ who compiled it and gave it a title. A description showing KJ’s decorum, who would not reveal age or gender to the last, though.

  

The above is the origin of the subtitle of this discourse, “With One Nuke, The Dictator Of Japan”.

  

Perhaps unsurprisingly I never thought of publicizing my correspondence. At the same time, apart from KJ's Notes, I could feel free, I reckoned, to publicize KJ’s short essay, because it almost entirely consisted of what I wrote. The thing was that, while writing all those mails, I found myself gradually dragged into the depths of the unknown gruesome darkness, particularly as our correspondence was drawing to a close. The essay predominantly made up of the content of such mails, I inescapably felt like it was abominablefor one reason or another.

  

Wavering between two choices, I judged that I had every reason to make it available to the public as I describe below. I do not, however, release the essay itself. It is because I cannot help but feel, here and there, some kind of toxicity oozing out of it. Moreover, the essay seems, metaphorically speaking, like a frighteningly glaring Japanese sword. Publicizing the original text as it is might correspond to swaying the sword just for fun among the crowd. Only glancing off bystanders, it would prove to be terribly sharp. It is also dotted with inappropriate passages which should in no way catch the attention of an indefinite large number of people.

  

Instead, after much deliberation, I chose to present the essay by arranging the essential points of the mails between us, the basis of the essay, along the time axis with comments as needed, adding what passed through my mind from time to time in the process of our correspondence: nebulous uneasiness and perplexity, a few cautionary tales for myself and my ambivalence about KJ.

  

What occupies not a small part of the mail text, compliments of the season, small talk about the weather, descriptions of seasonal features and mutual miscellaneous affairs, was quoted nowhere in KJ's essay, all irrelevant to the theme of the discourse. I also refrained from publicizing those quite private matters for both of us.

  

In the final chapter as a supplement, calling some dazzlingly striking mails from KJ to mind, I described, so far as circumstances permitted, what I found particularly impressive in what KJ wrote to me, what I felt about KJ, what KJ made me feel, what I think of KJ at present, whom I got to know by sheer coincidence. To be sure, KJ is, in a sense, a coauthor and my counterpart in the discourse to which I gave a title Not Preferable To War.

  

Even though in a fairly revised form, what do I release KJ’s essay for?

To make it serve as a wake-up call.

 

Those who, perusing the discourse, do not wake up to what kind of wake-up call is it, no longer need to wake up at all. It is not always possible for everyone to respond to an alarm call. More than a few people sleep through their alarm. There is a difference among individuals and in many cases a big difference, in the sense or ability to catch a scent of danger. We could easily witness it day to day. If someone insists they cannot, it ismerely hard evidence that there is a "big difference". This discourse is also an example of it being the hard fact. Although crisis preparedness may not be everyone's business, vigilance occasionally spelling the difference between life and death, it must be someone's after all.

  

In the next chapter, I will provide a brief description of how I came to enjoy KJ’s favor, exchanging e-mail over the next several years.

 

(the end of chapter one)

 


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Chapter Two

Chapter Two

  

The abolition of nuclear weapons was taken up as a theme on an Internet forum. Various conventional anti-nuclear arguments were posted.

 

"Inhumane weapons of mass destruction should be abolished immediately ;  the existence of human society depends on whether we can abolish nuclear weapons or not ; nuclear weapons and human beings cannot coexist ; I would like to appeal to people around the globe that there is nothing as disastrous as nuclear weapons ; one of the citizens of the A-bombed country, I strongly urge the abolition of nuclear weapons ; as one of the few remaining survivors who saw a hell on earth, I want to convey the misery of nuclear weapons and appeal for elimination of nuclear armaments as long as I live ; I exhort all countries to ratify the nuclear arms ban treaty ; although nuclear abolition is desirable, unfortunately it is nearly impossible in reality, so we should tackle nuclear disarmament as a preliminary step in the right direction to nuclear abolition ; stepwise nuclear disarmament is the only real option ; nuclear disarmament between the US and Russia will be the first step in abolishing nuclear weapons ; the least we could do would be to further increase international control over fissionable materials so that nuclear floodgates would not be opened ; countries that try to develop nuclear weapons should be subject to severe sanctions ; because in practice they are unusable as weapons, they are equal to bulky waste which is irrationally costly to maintain ; nuclear abolition may be a dream, but what matters is to try to make it come true : not failure, but low aim, is crime and the secret of success is constancy to purpose. Our purpose is the abolition of nuclear weapons."

 

No wonder that positive views on nuclear arsenals were also posted.

 

"The nuclear deterrent power is deterring the use of nuclear weapons and a full-scale war ; for non-nuclear-weapon states with hostile nuclear-weapon states around them, military allies with nuclear powers, i.e. nuclear umbrellas, are essential for national security ; a large amount of nuclear weapons is the deterrent of nuclear war between nuclear powers and large-scale conflicts ; nuclear disarmament, a very simple assertion, elides the complexity of the current situation. It is an example of the opinion which is somehow determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect, as is the case with the slogan of NO MORE WAR."

 

No one posted "one decisive role of nukes" that is hardly referred to on which I must bite my lip too.

 

Also was posted such a bizarre view that I found it somewhat puzzling to take in what the poster advocated. A view : “rather than binding the non-nuclear states by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, commonly known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT, nuclear states should be bound by international treaties that prohibit not just the preemptive use of nuclear weapons but the use of nuclear weapons entirely.”

 

I felt like bantering a bit: “You'll have to develop a special twine longer and stronger to bind them.” It was conceived with a Japanese saying in mind: "You may as well be bound by a long twine."

 

Another argument : "nuclear nations should keep their atomic arsenals under lock and key."

 

Did it imply that we should keep a watchful eye on the trafficking of nuclear weapons? I had no choice but to heave a deep dark sigh.

 

I had a lot on my mind. I posted my opinion from a completely different point of view. To a conventional wording such as “there is nothing more horrific than nuclear weapons”, my opinion as follows.

 

 

"Really? Was it only atomic-bomb victims who saw a hell on earth? Were the indiscriminate mass destruction of large and small cities and the indiscriminate mass murder of non combatants, women and children, caused by millions of incendiary bombs or napalm bombs, not horrendous? Are hundreds of millions of landmines lurking in the ground and patiently waiting for victims not endless and countless miseries? Is it not wretched and horrifying that uncountable bomblets sprayed in all directions by cluster bombs not only tear apart anything in their path but also, with many bomblets not detonating instantly, remain here and there in wait for unwary civilians or curious children to pick them up, imperiling them? In addition to the suffering brought about by sprayed defoliants or chemical weapons, is the misery that the following generations will endure less than what atomic bombsgave rise to?

 

Are the miseries two atomic bombs produced all revealed? Isn’t there something intentionally concealed?  Often is expressed a kind of hope that  nuclear weapons would be beyond use as a weapon. But as a matter of fact it would be usable only if the possessor should be willing to. If we are to make  nuclear abolition happen, we should demand that every country of the world, rogue nations most of all, comply with the "Three Principles of Abolition of Nuclear Weapons", that is, "Do Not Develop, Do Not Manufacture, Do Not Possess Nuclear Weapons." Moreover, we should also demand that violent crime organizations or terrorist organizations comply with these principles too. But even if criminal organizations, along with rogue states and terrorist organizations, bragged, declaring something like their unwritten rules, "Trampling conventions and rules is sort of our raison d’être, and no doubt we’re non-governmental organizations, behaving out of international politics, there’s no reason we comply with treaties among sovereign nations,” the international community would only know its own helplessness. The governments of the rogue nations under control of criminal groups are undoubtedly criminal organizations. We should impose severe sanctions on those countries that, while ratifying the international treaty that prohibits the development and possession of nuclear weapons, continue to retain nuclear weapons behind the scenes and on those countries that plan to develop nuclear weapons. But what kind of sanctions could the countries no longer nuclear impose on those states which are still nuclear if they should turn defiant after being threatened with sanctions?"

 

 

Bearing a great variety of things in mind, I only expressed as my opinion what was pertinent to the main subject

 

I did not argue that the elimination of nuclear weapons was desirable. I posted an argument as follows, pointing to the possibility that the realization of nuclear abolition would be far more dangerous and graver than today's world awash with 20000 nuclear warheads, more or less.

 

“At the same time all nuclear powers miraculously agree on the full abolition of nuclear weapons, criminal organizations, terrorist organizations or rogue nations, making most of the opportunity, might get a head start over others trying to acquire nuclear weapons or to develop them. The moment the international agreement on nuclear weapons abolition is reached, various industries related to weapons of mass destruction, not improbably including the missile industry, would be forced to go out of business rather than to downsize, not least making huge human resources surplus, namely jobless. If rogues or criminals could raise sufficient funds, whatever is necessary for them to develop nuclear devices could be easily procured. Much time would not be needed to do so, and the current state of technology would make it quite feasible to develop nuclear devices that normally detonate without testing. Rather than preventing nuclear-device-applicable materials and technologies from falling into the hands of evil groups or abolishing nuclear weapons, it would be much more fundamental and therefore difficult to eradicate that kind of humans and their urge to possess them, together with such rogue states or terrorist groups that would sniff out a sweet smell in possessing them. It is not too much to say that eventually nuclear abolition is like a moth flying into the flame.”

 

A couple of days after posting my opinion, I got an unanticipated mail from a person named KJ. It arrived, among my several addresses, at a dedicated address only to contact a few close friends and old acquaintances. I manage plural websites, so that, if not highly web-savvy, there would not be much difficulty in finding out mail addresses to reach me. But it must be an extraordinary job to search out those mail addresses that should be considered confidential, having naught to do with my websites. Frankly, I felt something disturbing. It was a mail saying that a person named KJ would like to know in more detail my view that the realization of nuclear abolition would be more dangerous and more serious than the status quo, the current nuke-overflowing world. Where the person named KJ stood on nuclear abolition was described as follows.

 

“In my humble opinion, nuclear abolition is just wishful thinking and couldn’t be a realistic issue; nuclear deterrent by nuclear weapons with effective means of transportation is useful and indispensable for ensuring national sovereignty and security.”

 

The person also expressed : “compared with your thought-provoking ideas, mine is quite unimaginative in every respect, nothing but a lingering stereotype .”

It sounded an honest and humble confession.

 

I did not feel like exchanging views on such a touchy issue with a total stranger. Suspending the theme of abolishing nuclear weapons for the moment, I kept trading e-mail for a while to see who on earth KJ was. Whether aware of my intention or not, KJ did not recoil from a bland mail exchange.

 

Putting together what KJ revealed to me at times and implied fragmentally, though quite unexpected, KJ was likely to be the successor of a global corporate group founder and the current CEO. KJ did not told me  the name of the group, saying it should be familiar to me.

 

"Cutting to the chase" and responding frankly and succinctly, KJ did not seem like a Japanese. But KJ wrote in “good Japanese”, answering my mails written in Japanese.

Once I asked KJ. “Are you a Japanese?”

“No” was the answer.

Nowadays those who send a mail in Japanese are not necessarily Japanese. The nationality or race of the opponent of earnest discourse on nuclear abolition was, I was convinced, peripheral to our discussion. KJ knew Japan "like the back of their hand", not merely about politics, economy, art, entertainment and food, but also about scenery and customs of each region of Japan. KJ was very likely to have visited Japan not a few times. I judged that KJ was serious on nuclear abolition. I did not get a bad vibe from KJ, not suspecting any ulterior motive.

 

After exchanging e-mail several times, I considered that it was high time to take up a nuclear abolition problem in earnest, making the following proposal to KJ. I was able to roughly predict the vocabulary expected to be typically used when discussing the subject.

 

 

"If we continue to correspond about the issue, how about making use of  argotic expressions between us for several sensitive words, for instance QC instead of nuclear weapon, which I arbitrarily chose thinking of quantum computer. This type of n-word is among strictly monitored targets, so it is sensible to avoid using such words even in Japanese. Otherwise they may try to identify me, easily finding out who I am and where I live. It may be too late. They may already be watching me. How about substituting several clipped forms or acronyms for other disturbing words? DET for detonation, BO for bomb, CO for criminal organization, TO for terrorist organization, TE for terrorism, MDES for mass destruction, MMU for mass murder, NP for nuclear power plant."

 

 

Employing those clipped forms and acronyms, we kept on communicating with each other. However, in this discourse I used only three of them: QC, CO and TO. I took readability into consideration. In addition, there was another reason to persist in using these three argotic terms.I was afraid that, repeatedly utilizing such sinister crime-related words as criminal organization and terrorist organization that I would rather not see or use as much as possible, they might make me feel out of sorts. Unnecessary as it might have been, I was not able to wipe such fear out.

 

KJ somehow confidently wrote to me. “My identity will never be discovered. If they have already identified you, doesn’t it consequently work for you? It will make it unnecessary for you to clear the unnecessary suspicion against you any more. They will realize we are planning nothing dangerous or criminal, but merely discussing an urgent and grave matter which concerns all of us.”

 

I feared, however, rather than the topic, the way of discussing itself might catch their attention.

 

(the end of chapter two)


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Chapter Three

Chapter Three

 

Firstly, I elaborated the theory I posted on the forum. If my e-mail account had been hacked, what a secret word, QC, implied would have been easily inferred. If our e-mail exchange had yet to be monitored, those mails in which no strictly monitored target was found would have escaped being monitored. But such a worry would have been needless, if AI had already been able to identify e-mails which needed close monitoring

 

When it comes to working on the elimination of QC, the complete and verifiable dismantlement of various nuclear devices would require an enormous amount of expense and long-term sober hard work, accompanied by unavoidable great suffering. Grudging expenses, embezzling money to dismantle or pretending to have disassembled, some governments, dismantlement-related organizations or individuals might sell out weapons-applicable nuclear technology, fissilematerials, various components, disassembled parts, design drawings or even QC itself whoever buyers might be. Getting the lay of the world, it is quite difficult to conclude that such cases would never take place. Good people should not be bothered to get such stuff. If the buyers should not be CO or TO, including rogue states under the control of rogues, it would be just a big surprise.

 

QC related industries would be downsized substantially, or rather forced to go out of business, leaving hundreds of thousands of various experts unemployed all over the world. Redundant human resources, components and materials would spill over from QC producing countries. Though brain drain is potential and indirect QC spread, namely indirect horizontal QC proliferation, the risk is much more worrying than simple QC drain, i.e. direct QC spread. Brain drain, in other words, the spread of scientists and engineer, knowledge and technology, is tantamount to unchecked QC drain. Some experts would actively go about getting a job, ready to be poached. If offered higher salary with preferential treatment, many of them would barely dither over whether or not to accept it. It would never matter on whose payroll they might be. It would not be arduous to make them bring out necessary materials, key components or equipment for QC development. No surprise that some of them might bring QC itself to their new patron as a bit of tribute, possibly trying to get a special bonus or gain their favor, consequences be damned. For QC experts who suddenly got dumped and were turned adrift in the cutthroat world in the wake of "so-called nuclear abolition", a job offer, whoever the poachers might be, would seem like a godsend whether or not they believe in god(s), since to get a job would be a question of survival for them. It's every man for himself. Anything goes for survival. Human resources, necessary components or materials, sometimes QC itself, would be procured with comparative ease. Everyone lives by selling something. It is one aspect of the QC crisis set off by nuclear abolition.

 

Before that, however, how would it be verified that a certain country has dismantled their QC arsenal? On-site inspections would be indispensable to catalog the stocks of uranium, plutonium and all weapons which could be equipped with QC. Transparency, verification access and information about nuclear armaments should be fully provided to inspectors. But it is highly unlikely that any government would allow such inspections, equal to exposing all of their armaments. Then, whether or not QC has been discarded would have to be self-reported.

 

Along with strict international control over fissile materials and nuclear devices, brain should be closely supervised, all the experts registered, their whereabouts monitored and their exodus prevented.

 

In any way, if the dream that all nuclear countries comply with international agreements and abandon their nuclear arsenal should come true, technical conditions aside, it would be crucial that something like the following conditions be met.

 

Human society has to share the perception that there is not a thug dictator in the world, that there is not a rogue state in the world, that there is not a state, a government or a politician in the world who should be enticed to settle various conflicts by means of violence, that there is not a single person or group in the world who, mesmerized by the gigantic potential QC has inside, should hold a wicked and savage plot like “with a QC it would be possible to ……...”, that there is not a single person on earth, even if with a handgun in hand, who should be driven by the impulse to try pulling a trigger against another person, and that there is, quite simply, not a nation, an organization, or an individual who would wreak havoc on others.

 

It is absolutely necessary that all nations concerned believe in the high integrity of the other nations as follows. “If we abolish our nuclear arsenal in good faith, the other nuclear-armed countries will never fail to discard their own nuclear arsenal.” It is imperative that the whole United States believe in the high integrity of the other nuclear-armed countries, that the Russian government believe in the high integrity of the other nuclear-armed countries, that the Chinese government believe in the high integrity of the other nuclear-armed countries, that the whole of the UK and France believe in the high integrity of the other nuclear-armed countries, that the Indian government believe in the high integrity of the Pakistan government, that Israel as a whole believe that, even if they should discard their nuclear arsenal, Arab countries of highintegrity would never launch a war against them and that Arab countries also believe in the high integrity of Israel.

 

Not to mention, although in the other nuclear-armed nations are included rogue nations clandestinely armed with QC whose identity and raison d’être is trampling conventions and rules, it is required that the international community believe that those rogue nations are in fact never rogue but good and reliable and that all of us believe that rogue humans at the helm of those nations are in fact never rogue but good and reliable.

 

It is just the same as, to make it possible to dismantle all law enforcement agencies, police included, it is necessary that a society be realized which is free from corruption, graft, robbery, money, rape, shoplifting, murder, abuse, trafficking, addiction, extortion, fraud, delusion, perfidy, embezzlement, bullying, bribery, hissy fit, adultery, plagiarism, cheating, arrogance, vanity, honor, contempt, jealousy, worship, insolence, ignorance, adoration, bigotry, dogmatism, dishonor, demagogy, treachery, animosity, intolerance, sloth, voyeurism, rigging, sabotage, negligence, molestation, gamble, hacking, misunderstanding, complex, pariah, delinquency, alcohol, DUI, drug, debauchery, noblesse, exploitation, envy, malice, bullying, unappreciation, hope, libertanism, despair, servitude, beauty, chauvinism, pride, lust, miserliness, gluttony, greed, hatred, race, persecution, pedophilia, necrophilia, misogyny, misandry, misanthropy, fanaticism, hacking, religion, cant, discrimination, justice, violence, slavery, poverty, fabrication,hypocrisy, family,tribe, love, gold, wrath, you name it.

 

In practice there would be inevitably some countries which, pretending to have abandoned their nuclear arsenal, keep on possessing QC behind the scenes. It should be rather said that not some but the majority would retain QC. Thus a saner judgment would be that no country would relinquish all of their QC as they declare ; on the contrary all nuclear nations, while adopting nuclear abolition as their slogan, would retain some.

 

The plain truth is that "so-called nuclear abolition" is rather more dangerous than the status quo and is really a travesty that should be judged to be nuclear retention in the guise of nuclear abolition.

 

 

From KJ to NA(me).

“Why do they, CO or TO, try to get QC?”

 

It was a nitty-gritty question that caught me on the hop.

 

From NA to KJ

“Few of CO or TO would try to acquire QC. Even if those CO or TO should sniff out the possibility that colossal violence by means of QC would exert a tremendous power in accomplishing whatever their aim might be, they couldn’t assume that the road to the destination would never be flat. In a sense, they only try to get QC for the sake of it.”

 

Unexpectedly KJ was about to touch the core of a new crisis. KJ did not pick up on this point for some reason, attempting to discuss in more detail the new crisis ensuing after nuclear abolition. Wavering over how to respond, I hinted at what I thought the most worrisome. It was necessary to start by referring to a fundamental problem.

 

From NA to KJ.

“The most critical and serious menace isn’t simple QC spread.”

 

I wonder if I expected that KJ, seemingly the CEO of a global corporate group, would play an active role in nuclear abolition with financial power and influence. Telling KJ that nuclear abolition would be rather more dangerous than the current situation and make global security change for the worse, I had no idea what KJ was thinking about. Still, I chose to make KJ aware of the problem nuclear abolition might generate. While exchanging e-mail, I did not get bad vibes from KJ as ever. Who seemed to have no intention of exploiting the takeaways gained from their correspondence with me. If perceiving something suspicious in KJ's language, I intended to stop talking about this matter then and to steer clear of it, declaring that I did not feel like getting too much involved in it.

 

From KJ to NA.

“Is there some danger more critical and serious than the very spread of QC to CO or TO?”

 

 

I was obliged to stand transfixed for a while. As for the details of that kind of danger, just trying to talk made me bogged down. With arms, hands and fingers felt heavy and languid, I found it almost impossible to keep tapping the keyboard as when typing innocuous small talk. I hoped that, even if I did not dare to mention, KJ could imagine how unbearably great peril it would be for CO or TO to acquire QC, especially when they are extraordinarily greedy, ruthless and impervious with their mind exceptionally nimble, in addition to having sufficient funds and manpower.

 

(the end of chapter three) 

 



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