Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Concerns about Weapons Development & Testing

(AP) Given the world’s concerns about weapons of mass destruction, a number of recent developments are most disturbing. One international leader said with his Texas twang:

"It should make people nervous when non-transparent regimes who have announced they have nuclear warheads, fire missiles. This is not the way you conduct business in the world."

Who is non transparent in regards to their military capabilities? The list includes China, Israel, Pakistan, India, Iran, North Korea, and the United States. All have stated that some measure of uncertainty should be present to deter any possible attackers. Non transparency is a critical part of war planning. As for testing of missiles and nuclear warheads, that too is part of war. Today the United States tested a missile defense system in conjunction with Japan, thus firing a missile.

Who is undermining the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Independent Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, and the Nuclear Non Proliferation Agreement? The United States comes to mind. Shortly after the American media deep-sixed the Independent Weapons of Mass Destruction Commissions report, John Bolton came out in full frontal attack mode. Our UN ambassador had to get some payback in for Hans Blix’s citing the United States “non-support for banning nuclear weapons tests contributes to other countries efforts to seek and test nuclear bomb capabilities”.

What nation has declared their intention to weaponize space? Only one, the United States. In 2002 the U.S. withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in order to conduct such testing. So what should make people nervous now President Bush? Shouldn’t you be conducting business differently in the world? American scientists think so. They suggest “weaponizing space can bring unintended consequences, including the acceleration of weaponization by others". Sound familiar?

When asked if the United States was the biggest threat to global security President Bush responded “That’s absurd”. Evidence says otherwise. Watch the Bolton delivered payback to groups citing the U.S. as a threat and the bribes to those calling us leaders of global freedom and democracy. This author thinks there is not enough U.S. taxpayer money to turn the tide of worldwide public opinion with payola. But that won’t keep Bush from promising it anyway!

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