By P Chong Friday, 7 May 2010
US nukes can “destroy the globe several times over,”
says Iranian President.
This is the truth that the American may not like to hear of it or would care to admit. US is “W.M.D.” All these conferences of Nuclear non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) are pointless & senselessly ridiculous when the very nation to rid itself of the power of mass destruction is sitting pretty & doing nothing about its own while threatening & advocating others to disarm.
Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has welcomed the United States’ transparency in declaring it has more than 5,000 nuclear warheads in its stockpile, plus several thousand more retired warheads. But he pointed out Washington’s arsenal had the potential to cause mass destruction on a global scale.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a press conference during his visit to attend the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference at the United Nations Headquarters Tuesday, May 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, “The fact that the United States has declared it has a few nuclear bombs is a positive step forward, but it still raises some questions. 5,000 bombs could destroy the globe several times over. Moreover, the new bombs are far more destructive in their capacity to destroy and kill. There is no pride in possessing 5,000 nuclear bombs.”
In the history of mankind, no country has ever attained the status of ‘W.M.D.” – the connotation of the word initially made renowned under Ex-President Bush administration. It was under the camouflage of WMD that US pushed its way & invaded Iraq, which atrocities & suffering continued ceaselessly even today!
|History shows that the United States was the first country in the world to develop nuclear weapons, and is the only country to have used them in warfare, with two bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II. Before & during the Cold War it conducted over a thousand nuclear tests and developed many long-range weapon delivery systems. It maintains an arsenal of 5,113 warheads and facilities for their construction and design, though many of the Cold War facilities have since been deactivated and are sites for environmental remediation.(Wikipedia).
Granted that while most Americans agreed that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki hastened the end of the war with Japan, there were & still are questions about the ethics of their use. This is undoubtedly the most highly controversial technology ever devised & used by the Americans to mass destruct fellow humankind.
In the immediate postwar period, much of the public debate was on the question of whether or not the U.S. should attempt to have a monopoly on the weapons — potentially encouraging a nuclear arms race — or whether or not it should relinquish them to an intergovernmental body (such as the newly created United Nations) or contribute to some other form of international control or information dispersal.
According to the historian of science Spencer Weart, it was not until the development of multi-megaton hydrogen bombs in the 1950s that a belief that nuclear weapons could potentially end all life on the planet (especially through means of nuclear fallout, highlighted by the “Castle Bravo” accident) became common in American thought or cultural expression. For the most part, however, the vast majority of American citizens believed during this time that nuclear weapons were necessary in order to ward off the threat from the Soviet Union.
The now-familiar peace symbol was developed (in the United Kingdom) as the logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and was taken up enthusiastically by anti-nuclear protesters in the U.S. during the 1960s.
History has also shown that US has invariably experimented with the use of chemical warfare in Vietnam, Iraq, who knows where else. The perpetrator & culprit always have the justification & initiated such uses and getting away with the crime.
In the name of decent human ethical practice including a host of civil rights movement, environmentalism movement, health & mental hazards and global public anxiety, US should be dragged to the International Court of Law & be prosecuted.
Lead by example, clear your own backyard before advocating others to follow suit. This is only logical & plausible. Otherwise, it would be just a case of hypocrisy of the highest order.
There have been periods marked by weapons reduction & restriction treaties between the US and USSR, including the present era. All of which are just for “show” & theatrical plays. The American population must realise that nuclear weapons are not required for US national security. As it is America possesses the greatest armoury & weapons of sorts to defend themselves.
It is utterly shocking to reveal (only after the declassification of Freedom of Information Act in April 2008) that in 1958, the United States Air Force had considered a plan to drop nuclear bombs on China during a confrontation over Taiwan but was fortunately overruled. The plan was to drop 10-15 kiloton bombs on airfields in Amoy (present Xiamen) in the event of a Chinese blockade against Taiwan’s Offshore Islands.
Just imagine the consequences if this were to happen! Not another Hiroshima & Nagasaki again! You don’t have to be experts, historians, scientists, military strategists or analysts, scholars, statesmen or politicians to debate on the the ethical implications, practicality, morality or danger over the use of nuclear weapons. You’ve just got to be human, that’s all!
In 2009 and 2010 the administration of Barrack Obama declared policies that would invalidate the Bush-era policy for use of nuclear weapons and its motions to develop new ones – “a world without nuclear weapons”.
* Verbal rendering is just plain rhetoric.
A case of analogy – let’s say the parents are urging their offspring not to smoke but they themselves are puffing away left & right! What is needed in the world is simple sincerity & humbleness to make the world for peaceful & harmonious living.