Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Nuclear disarmament? Obama says no we can't

Letter sent to the Guardian:

In his review of President Obama’s record in foreign policy, Julian Borger mentions at the time Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize among his main achievements had been aspirational speeches about nuclear proliferation.”(Obama’s legacy,” 4 January;

The Norwegian Nobel Committee citation for the award stressed it had “decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.(my emphasis)
It added: “The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations.”

Yet in October last year at the United Nations when 123 nations voted to begin negotiations this year on a new treaty to prohibit the possession of nuclear weapons - the so-called ‘Ban treaty’- . the US voted "no"; and indeed led the opposition to this treaty, closely followed by the UK, Russia and France.(“UN votes to start negotiating treaty to ban nuclear weapons , 28 October 2016,
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Instead, the Pentagon under Obama has developed outsize plans to modernize the entire nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years, including aircraft, submarines and warheads, at an estimated $1 trillion (“A Nuclear Legacy Within Reach,” New York Times, 7 August 2016,

Just as Bob Dylan declined to collect his own Nobel Prize last year, can Obama return his for hope disastrously unfulfilled?

Nuclear disarmament? No we can’t!
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Russian gamers try to stop nuclear 'war'


Russian gamers try to stop nuclear 'war'





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