Since President Truman’s decision to detonate two atomic bombs over Japan in a show of U.S. military strength vis-à-vis the Soviets to deter them from retaliating against the Anglo-Saxons at the end of World War 2, numerous initiatives have been undertaken to dissuade Washington from replicating similar crimes. Whereas the USSR acquired its own bomb opening the door to proliferation, neutral States advocated in favour of a nuclear-free world. The international treaties in force consecrate the strategic edge gained by the big powers while depriving the smaller ones of nuclear weapons. These are exploited politically to condemn - rightly or wrongly - insubordinate States (Iran, North Korea) and to protect friendly nations (Israel, India-Pakistan). In the context of the U.S. economic crisis, Obama attempted to reopen denuclearization negotiations. However, vast regions of the planet have already been contaminated, either for having served as nuclear testing grounds or as a combat theater where depleted uranium was used.
The United Nations began this week its quinquennial review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The organization has fallen into disrepute and the Bush administration calls for its reform.
In effect, the NPT has failed to stop nuclear wannabes who want to get the bomb. Participants in the conference will pretend to ignore that the Treaty itself, which authorizes states to acquire nuclear technologies for “peaceful” uses, enables proliferation. Instead of denouncing this (...)
This week, a UN conference will group 180 signatory nations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a treaty regarded as the only hope to avoid the disaster that is virtually guaranteed by the logics of nuclear weapons. However, according to Thomas Graham, a former US special representative for arms control, this Treaty has never been so weak as it is at present. Like other experts, Graham recognizes that the primary threat against the Treaty comes from the United States, though the other (...)
The red-green government will declare itself in favor of stabilization and the continuation of the demilitarization process during the Conference on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons that kicks off in New York. The question is whether Fischer should ask for the withdrawal of all US atomic weapons in Germany on that occasion. Debates on this topic also take place in the United States. The president of that country wants to intensify its armament process. It would be a good opportunity for (...)
It is not the first time that the United States and Russia organize reciprocal visits of experts in relation to their nuclear arsenals. The purpose is to strengthen mutual trust and to exchange opinions about the methods to preserve these weapons. For example, Russian experts visited a base in Texas where US weapons are destroyed. They studied the place, consulted with specialists and made recommendations. It is not about Washington or Moscow controlling the other’s arsenal.
Nothing has (...)
The States concluding this Treaty, hereinafter referred to as the “Parties to the Treaty”,
Considering the devastation that would be visited upon all mankind by a nuclear war and the consequent need to make every effort to avert the danger of such a war and to take measures to safeguard the security of peoples,
Believing that the proliferation of nuclear weapons would seriously enhance the danger of nuclear war, In conformity with resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly calling (...)
Press release by the White House, August 6, 1945
“The art of war”
“The Art of War”