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  • Tuesday, December 13, 2005

    Mohamed ElBaradei: Nukes must become taboo

    From Democracy Now!:

    "The hard part is how to create the environment in which all of us would look at nuclear weapons the way we look to slavery, genocide: a taboo and historical element. Fifteen years ago, the Cold War ended. At that time, we hoped for a new world order, a world order rooted in solidarity, a world order that is equitable, that is effective, and that is inclusive. Today, we are nowhere near that goal. We may have torn down the walls between the East and the West but we have yet to build bridges between the North and the South, between the rich and the poor... If we hope seriously to escape self-destruction, then I believe nuclear weapons should have no place in our collective conscious and no role in our security."


    At 12/13/2005 05:45:00 am, Blogger _H_ said...

    Wasn't that the collective thinking when the NPT came into force in 1970

    that we would try to reduce the numbers of these weapons down to zero ?

    I have a great deal of admiration for Elbaradei , he takes a lot of grief for almost everything he does bar breathing , but still remains cool composed and generally accurate in his statements

    infact if you compare his statements with those of the US administration in the lead up to the 2003 illegal occupation of Iraq , his accuracy is almost saintly

    I was delighted with him being awarded the nobel peace prize and share his view of an ideal world where such weapons do become 'taboo'

    but i am also enough of a realist to accept that it getting there is no easy road to travel

    I just wish we had made as much progress as we would have hoped for when the early discussions took place in the late 60's

    from Neville Chamberlain to the Geneva convention , the word of coutries given in treaties didnt seem to mean much during the last century (or this one so far) , I hope the future ..

    well with between 27,000 and 40,000 of the buggers , i hope the future exists :-)


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