The Friends of Nukes are Losing

And the tail wagged the dog – but who cares?

The 2015 Review conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ended Friday May 22 in New York without a final document being accepted.

Up till the very end it seemed that the conference would produce a non-committal final document.

The outcome which a majority of the states desired, a plan for a total ban on nuclear weapons, as there is for chemical and bacteriological weapons, was unacceptable to the nuclear weapon states.

Consensus means in the NPT that the nuclear weapon states decide. They wish to keep their capacity to exterminate mankind for generations ahead.

The American government had told its allies, the NATO states, Japan and others, not to support a ban on nukes, and the allies obeyed.

However, the Friends of Nukes did not have to take the blame for blocking a final document. Instead the blame fell on Israel, a country which is not even a member of the NPT.

The proud United States of America choose once again to heed the instruction from Mr Netanyahu: No agreement on a nuclear weapons free Middle East!

Perhaps it was easier for the USA to take the blame for blocking a hopeful outcome of the NPT if it was for the sake of the pro-Israel lobby than for love of nukes?

In doing so, the USA relieved the other nuclear weapon addicted states from the responsibility of this defeat for the NPT.

Even France, the most hypocritical of the Friends of Nuclear Weapons, could pretend to be a Friend of Disarmament.

The important outcome

This would all seem like a great disappointment. But the important outcome of the conference was just the opposite: There is more hope today for a ban on nuclear weapons than we have seen for twenty years.

No less than 159 states agreed that the humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons would be so catastrophic that they must be abolished.

Even more important, 107 countries asked for legal measures for a prohibition of nuclear weapons – use, threat, production, storage.

Read the speeches by South Africa, or Costa Rica, in Xanthe Hall’s exellent account, referring to the three humanitarian conferences held in the last two years, which offer hope where NPT fails:

The humanitarian conferences demonstrate that democracy has come to nuclear disarmament, even if democracy is yet to come to the NPT…

Despite what has happened at this Review Conference, there is no force that can stop the steady march of those who believe in human security, democracy and international law.

History honors only the brave, those who have the courage to think differently and dream of a better future for all.

This is not the time to lament what has happened here, as lamentable as it may be. Now is the time to work for what is to come, the world we want and deserve. Let us all, boldly and finally, give peace a chance.

http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/05/the-friends-of-nukes-are-losing/

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4 Responses to “The Friends of Nukes are Losing”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    Question – How do you prevent being blackmailed and counter the obvious threat of an enemy nuclear armed terrorist state which has already subverted and infiltrated the UK government if you yourself have no nuclear weapons.

    Israel’s First “Second Strike” Submarine Is a Dolphin With Nukes supplied by our EU freind Reichfuhrer Merkel

    http://gizmodo.com/israels-first-second-strike-submarine-is-a-dolphin-wi-1632090138

  2. sovereigntea says:

    Why are German taxpayers arming Israel with a nuclear weapons delivery system ? Why does Cameron Israel’s bitch remain silent on this and continue to disband the British military leaving the nation defenceless. What is the end game ?
    Netanyahu Thanks Merkel for Submarine
    PM Netanyahu thanks Chancellor Merkel for agreeing to provide Israel with submarine, says it will help Israel’s security needs. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/154028

  3. sovereigntea says:

    Note the comments by 911 nuclear Bombing suspect Ehud Barak. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcPB9rpt45Q&feature=player_detailpage&list=PLuPE0YaRnppd-TbGlogh2ChRv487h_LyV#t=212 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday for the agreement to provide Israel with an additional submarine.

    In a letter he sent to Chancellor Merkel, Netanyahu wrote, “I would like to thank you, both personally and on behalf of the Government of Israel, for your agreement to provide Israel with an additional submarine. This step will help us meet Israel’s considerable security needs in these stormy times and will, over time, greatly contribute to the security of the Jewish state.”

    Earlier on Wednesday, Israel and Germany signed the contract for the purchasing of the a submarine, in a special ceremony attended by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Defense Ministry CEO, Maj. Gen. (res.) Udi Shani and Secretary of State of the German Federal Defense Ministry, Wolf Rudiger.

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that “the sixth submarine multiplies the force and capability of the IDF and the State of Israel in the face of the growing challenges. The agreement indicates our cooperation with Germany and the German government’s obligation to the security of Israel.”

    Barak stressed that “the Israeli Navy has been undergoing strategic changes over the past few years, which place it at the helm of Israel’s security and the extent of the IDF’s capabilities.”

  4. sovereigntea says:

    According to the deal struck between Israel and Germany, Germany will finance a third of the submarine’s costs. Two of Israel’s other Dolphins were paid for by Germany, while the third was half-funded by Israel. Two more are under construction.

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