Monday, July 25, 2005

Rules are for the other guys

I cannot believe the extent to which this story has been ignored. There are no words to describe just how scandalously the U.S. team behaved at the the NPT Review Conference in May.

Not scandalous as in "Oh, that Karl Rove, what a dirtbag," scandalous as in George W. Bush just decided by himself not to honor the terms of the NPT. Bush is not only NOT disarming, he's going in the other direction (pre-emptive nuclear strikes anyone?).

Basically, the Bushies are reneging on just about everything the U.S. agreed to in the last NPT in 2000. "[I]t took delegates to the Seventh RevCon two weeks to even agree on an agenda because Bush refused to allow the final report of the Sixth RevCon to even be discussed, much less be reaffirmed."

In Tearing Up the NPT, Gordon Prather discusses the issues at Today he posts another story, Emasculating Nonproliferation, that considers the implications of this stunning piece of news last week:
Bush announced ... that "as a responsible state with advanced nuclear technology, India should acquire the same benefits and advantages as other such states."

Translation? Even though India has refused to sign the NPT, India should nevertheless "acquire the same benefits and advantages" that the IAEA-NPT-NSG regime bestows on the U.S., UK, France, Russia, and China!

Read the whole article...

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