Wednesday, May 11, 2005

How to (not) Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

This is an old article I know, but I could not find anything in a quick Google search. Sorry. It seems I am just impatient. Here's what it said though:

The United States says it has regained the capability to make nuclear weapons for the first time in 14 years and has resumed production of plutonium parts for bombs.

I looked for this because NPR did a short piece this morning on the hypocrisy of how the US is demanding the ceasing of Nuclear proliferation for other 'dissenting' nations, but as for the US, it's okay to keep right on building them. Why? Because the US is the 'Good Guy', right?

Could you imagine what would happen if the US said that instead of forcing others to give up their creation of nuclear weapons (which is very important, too), the Bush administration for called for a dismantling of all the US atomic bombs? Wow.

For those of you who may not know it, in recent worldwide polling, the US is considered a bigger threat than any other country. I think it's time that is listened to.


Unknown said...

no, definetly don't seem like a Texas native. Bush would be disappointed. Great comment: the evil that we get away with because of our money and power is disturbing. Its sad that no one in the states care what other countries think of us.

Jon said...

As Matt said, "it's sad that no one in the States cares waht other countries think of us." It's not just sad, it's critical.

Essentially the only security in an age of terrorism is grass-roots popularity. No one tries to hurt someone they like. For ages our foreign policy has been built on alliances with governments, often with cruel dictatorships at the expense of the people, and eventually our own expense as the tide of resentment inevitably turns against that government. Cases in point: The Diem regime of South Vietnam, the Shah of Iran, the Israeli occupation, etc.

I think reading The Ugly American should be mandatory. It's an eye-opener about how perception is far more important for long-term security than policy is.