Malaya columnist Ellen Tordesiilas reports on remarks by Iranian Ambassador Jalal Kalantari in Makati last week--
Kalantari said: “Iran’s nuclear program is not ambitious and that would by no means be a threat against world peace and security nor against regional peace. “Iran, like other developing countries and members of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, has rejected nuclear weapons decisively and firmly...It is regrettable that nuclear-weapon states with the largest arsenals of nuclear weapons, instead of trying to build international confidence through implementing their nuclear disarmament obligation under NPT, are developing new and more sophisticated types of nuclear weapons and openly threaten to use them against non-nuclear states. They intend to hold on to their monopoly of nuclear know-how and technology and deprive other nations of their legal rights to peaceful use of nuclear technology.”
CAVEAT: Actually, lots of other countries in the world are exercising their legal rights and peacefully using nuclear technology for producing electricity and research. All they do is COMPLY with the IAEA inspection and regulatory regime, but
UNIFFORS posted an article by Gadfly on The Iranian Nuclear Issue about Iran's steady march into the world's nuclear country club. It got this comment from Brownman to Gadfly --
For as long as some countries possess nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, it's okay for all nations to acquire them too. The solution therefore is for all nations to give up their WMD arsenals. Meantime, the NPT [Non Proliferation Treaty] can be shoved up the Security Council's assCAVEAT: When Brownman says that "...it's okay for all nations to acquire them too." he clearly believes that it would be okay for all the nation-states on the planet to arm themselves with Thermonuclear Explosive Devices. For as long as SOME countries possess nuclear weapons, then ALL countries should acquire nuclear weapons, seems to be one position at Uniffors on the issue.
I hope these ideas are not being adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. Just because it is true that all the members of the Security Council happen to be the owners of the largest stockpiles of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on the planet, it does not follow that we ought to encourage the vast majority of the members of the General Assembly to go and get them too, as Brownman seems to suggest.
But I think he knows that giving nuclear weapons to ALL the nation-states is actually wrong, so he does declare that, "The solution therefore is for all nations to give up their WMD arsenals." This is a good suggestion, as long as total disarmament by everyone is not a condition for supporting total nonproliferation. For it is not only nation-states that want nuclear weapons, now. Al Qaeda and others want it too and that could be a greater threat than even a nuclear Iran, which would at least fall into the MAD calculus of the Cold War in that Tehran will always be vulnerable to a counterstrike, from say Israel, whom Iranian President Ahmadinejad has openly threatened with extinction. Concern for the safety of Iran's entire population is surely a deterrent to any real nuclear misadventure, but that is not enough for the rest of the world.
In accepting the Nobel Peace Prize last year, Mohammed El Baradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, made this exact point, that more state and non-state actors must not get their hands on nuclear weapons. THAT is one simple, direct, Nobel-winning definition of nonproliferation in our era.
But for anyone to think that Ahmadinejad has a right to clone the Nuclear Genie--that is sheer madness. At the end of the day, the following reality must be recognized. Nonproliferation may be governed by a Treaty, but it is non-negotiable as far as the United States is concerned because everyone accepts the fact that a non-state actor cannot be allowed to have the Bomb, nor a state with a leader like Hitler who has openly wondered what the world would be like without Israel and America and is building a Bomb to make that happen. The problem of nuclear weapons is not a problem of equality among nations, for it is a problem bigger than any nation, even America. Possessing the secret of the stars should not be treated like the Subic Bay Rape Case.
AMERICA'S CROSS: I believe that it is America's moral duty to keep this secret safe from those who might use it to bring about Armageddon. THAT is America's Cross to bear for inventing the Atom Bomb. Nuclear terrorism IS a case where somone must act as policeman, detective and Spiderman all at once. Or else all is lost, because one of the deepest insights that is already a part of US strategic thinking is this — there is actually no way to stop the proliferation of the nuclear secret. We must be prepared to act with whatever force is necessary to prevent an actual event of PROLIFERATION into the hands of Ahmadinejad, Osama bin Laden, or even Dulmatin and the Bali Bombers skulking around down in Mindanao.
NONPROLIFERATION must be enforced by treaty or by force because there is truly very little that one would consider rational or civilized in the actions of men and nations AFTER a significant event of proliferation into the ranks of the Non-State actors like Al Qaeda. Nonproliferation can be achieved by treaty, reason, conscience, prudence, whatever it takes to prevent proliferation. But all necessary force ought to be used if someone decides to PLAY WITH MATCHES in the locked shack full of dynamite that contains us all. This could entail unimaginably draconian measures involving nuclear weapons themselves. (Don't ask...)
efending the controversial Executive Order 464 to Pia Hontiveros just now was Ric Saludo, who made an incredible claim -- that the government doesn't care WHO wiretepped the Commander-in-chief! This just about matches in matchless perfidy the NBI announcement today that they had given up on determining WHO wiretapped the Commander in Chief because the disks supplied by Ignacio Bunye were "spliced." (Question and answer are actually here twice, aren't they?)
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