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Are Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament Agreements of Any Value?


Are Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament Agreements of Any Value?

Lawrence Wittner

The recent announcement of a nuclear deal between the governments of Iran and other major nations, including the United States, naturally draws our attention to the history of international nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements. What accounts for their advent on the world scene and what have they accomplished?


The authorities overseeing the number and proliferation of nuclear weapons are unaccountable, unreliable and the USA are heavily expanding nuclear weapons research and development. This whole issue of Iran is ludicrous and a pathetic distraction. The Fukushima disaster released into the Pacific ocean the more radiation than 10’000 (Ten Thousands) Hiroshima or Nagasaki bombs. So now please explain to us how relevant is the threat of nuclear armaments compared to out of control government and government agencies that allow major nuclear plants to be built on fault lines, neglected, and kept unsafe. Both, the peace movement in pursuit of nuclear disarmament and the pursuit of the anti war “peace” are an utter failure because the grievances that activists could engage the debate on, are irrelevant. In other words, the narrative on nuclear disarmaments and a less violent US empire is out of humans control.