Attila the Pun
Friday, August 05, 2005
Nuclear powered George

A George Monbiot article is pretty much self-fisking. The fact that he really only has one or two themes (West = bad) makes it even easier.

Nevertheless, his current article in the Age (cribbed, unsurprisingly, from the Guardian) warrants a few responses.

Lets start with the headline:

The world learned nothing from Hiroshima

Not true. The world, or at least the countries which constitute it, learned not to f_ck with the USA face to face. After the unconditional surrender of Japan, wars occured by proxy (Korea, Vietnam) or by non-State parties (9/11).

Tomorrow is the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The nuclear powers are commemorating it in their own special way: by seeking to ensure that the experiment is repeated.

Note the language - "seeking" - i.e. actively pursuing and "ensure" - guarantee it will occur. In other words, Monbiot is not saying that Chimpbushitler and his poodle Tony bLiar are bumbling along a course which might inadvertently lead to another nuclear attack, he is claiming that they are purposely trying to make it occur. Not a good start for the rest of the article.

Bush wanted to destroy the treaty because it couldn't be reconciled with his new plans. Earlier this year, the Senate approved an initial $4 million ($A5.1 million) for research into a "robust nuclear earth penetrator" (RNEP). This is a bomb with a yield about 10 times that of the Hiroshima device, designed to blow up underground bunkers that might contain weapons of mass destruction. (You've spotted the contradiction.)

err, no I haven't. Is the contradiction supposed to be that the US are developing nuclear weapons designed to destroy other people's nuclear, biological and chemical weapons? If so, is there a contradiction in them developing planes which are designed to shoot down enemy planes?

You see what a wonderful world he inhabits when you discover that the RNEP idea was conceived in 1991 as a means of dealing with Saddam Hussein's biological and chemical weapons. Saddam is pacing his cell, but the Bushites, like the Japanese soldiers lost in Malaya, march on.

Good point George - Saddam is the only tinpot dictator who has thought of hiding his weapons (or his command and communication network) in underground bunkers. With him out of the way, I don't think we need bombs of any sort anymore.

To pursue his war against the phantom of the phantom of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, Bush has destroyed the treaty that prevents the use of real ones.

There in a nut shell is the error in the thinking of many of the UN and international law boosters - the NPT does not "prevent" the use of real weapons, any more than the Treaty of Versailles prevented Germany rearming.

But the biggest disaster was Bush's meeting with Singh last month. India is one of three countries that possess nuclear weapons and refuse to sign the non-proliferation treaty.

Wait, so even with the NPT in place, at least three countries have managed to acquire nuclear weapons? Shouldn't the treaty have prevented this? And when you are quoting Iran to make your point, you know your are really in trouble:

The implications have not been lost on other states. "India is looking after its own national interests," a spokesman for the Iranian Government complained on Wednesday. "We cannot criticise them for this. But what the Americans are doing is a double standard. On the one hand they are depriving an NPT member from having peaceful technology, but at the same time they are co-operating with India, which is not a member of the NPT."

Iran is a signatory to the NPT, yet is widely considered to have developed, or be close to developing, nuclear weapons.

North Korea ratified the treaty, the pulled out over a dispute over inspections. They have also publicly declared that they do have nuclear weapons. This has all occured prior to the moves by Bush and Blair which Monbiot is so critical of.

Thanks to Bush and Blair, we might not go out with a whimper after all.

Pop quiz - who is most likely to launch a nuclear attack:

a) terrorists;
b) Iran;
c) North Korea;
d) United Kingdom; or
e) United States?

If it were a), b) or c), George would still have us believe, even as the mushroom cloud settled over London or Washington, that it was all our fault.

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