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Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists


Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists

Thalif Deen, IPS News

After nearly four weeks of negotiations, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended in a predictable outcome: a text overwhelmingly reflecting the views and interests of the nuclear-armed states and some of their nuclear-dependent allies.

“The process to develop the draft Review Conference outcome document was anti-democratic and nontransparent,” Ray Acheson, director, Reaching Critical Will, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), told IPS.


I disagree! To take this line is to take sides. To portray the US government as the major or only villain in this drama is mistaken. With all its dangerous genocidal warmongering and hugely expensive array of weaponry, its overseas military bases, its past use of nuclear bombs on Japanese cities in 1945, more recently its use of napalm /dioxin/Agent Orange in Vietnam and probably other places, and of DU/depleted uranium in Iraq: true these are all part of the reality. But it is not the whole picture.
Take a look on-line at postings on the Russia Today website, especially in recent weeks concerning stories about the Ukraine. There you can find the most aggressive nasty and threatening language used by the pro-Moscow equivalent of fundamentalist red-necks.To them the US is the villain, forever threatening the peace-loving Russians.
To the paranoia of Washington there is counter-posed the parallel paranoia of Moscow. Both sides use the rhetoric of nationalism aka patriotism to whip up jingoistic popular hysteria.
Since the 99% have no interests at stake - we don’t ever end up owning those precious oil-fields, diamond mines, rare earths etc - the logically sensible line we should take is, in Shakespeare’s words: “A plague on both your houses!”
Let’s say no to wars and leave it to the corporate bosses (and their politicians and think-tank experts etc) to do the fighting. Let them go kill each other - and let them make and service all their weapons.
How long would they last without the likes of us to do their dirty work for them? Hardly a day, I reckon. They - the 1% -depend on the the rest of us to make everything, manage and maintain everything. Without us, they are nothing. They have given the world nothing. Worse, their consumption is disproportionate, and in their own interests they have brought into being these vast and hugely dangerous stockpiles of weapons, and systems of automatic mass murder by remote control.
The world does not need this vicious system forever teetering on the brink of wars of mass annihilation. Such war-games are too dangerous now - they could spell suicide.
But capitalism being competitive, each nation is armed to the teeth ready and spoiling for a fight, snarling like so many pit-bull terriers, trained to fight. Why do we put up with it? We must be crazy to do so!


You are accurate except one should keep in mind that the leader of Russia was worrying about winter olympics when the US finally overthrew the tender young democracy of Ukraine, the fourth democracy destroyed by the current democratic administration.

Yes, Russia is also an oligarchy concentrating on owning big still banging.

Be that as it may, the time has come to form a more perfect union, perhaps something like the autonomous democracy effort in northern Kurdistan or the seven branch democracy with zero secrets attempted in Venezuela … Might it have worked if the Venezuelan accounting firm had not been a CIA front company? ¿Quién sabe?