Western double-standards defines nuclear interests
On all matters that pertain to war and peace, powerful nations with global interests tend to delineate the passage of global policy.
According to the ‘The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’- a think tank consisting of eminent intellectuals, Nuclear weapons are an essential and stated part of NATO’s collective defense policy since the late 1940s. NATO’s defense doctrine of November 1949, call for insuring “the ability to carry out strategic bombing including the prompt delivery of the atomic bomb. This is primarily a US responsibility assisted as practicable by other nations.”
NATO’s nuclear policy is based on the concept of nuclear sharing, which involves basing nuclear weapons on the territories of non-nuclear weapon states (NNWS). Even thoughBelgium,Germany,Italy, theNetherlands, andTurkeyare not nuclear weapon states, they all host nuclear weapons on their territory. According to the Nuclear Non Proliferation treaty (NPT), according to the NPT, they are all Non-nuclear weapon states (NNWS).
Nuclear sharing implies that theUnited Statesprovides “nuclear weapons and delivery aircrafts for deployment on the territories of its European NATO allies. While the weapons remained under US control at all times during peace time, the US President would authorize their use in case of war and hand them over for use by the host country’s military. In 1962, Foreign and Defense Ministers at the Spring Ministerial Session welcomedUSconfirmation that it would continue to provide nuclear weapons to its European allies”. (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)
The U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – known as the E3+3 – are currently negotiating with Iran in an effort to keep Tehran from crossing a threshold that would enable it to quickly produce a nuclear bomb. This also coincides with a NATO position. And that by itself is a duplicitous stance considering that each of them is under nuclear umbrellas regardless of whether they own them or they manufacture them. Then there are currently nine states with known nuclear weapons -United States,France,China,Russia, the United Kingdom,Israel,North Korea,India, andPakistan.
It is within this understanding that global citizen’s groups must challenge the double-dealing centre from which the fears and opposition to Iran’s nuclear capabilities stem.Iranhas repeatedly stated that it’s nuclear programme if solely for peaceful purposes.Iran’s supreme leader yesterday has even claimed that “holding these arms is a sin as well as useless, harmful and dangerous”.
In an atmosphere in which Islamaphoebia defines western policies in relation to the Islamic world, it is no surprise that the opposition to any form of nuclear programme generates so much antagonism and irrational fear.
If one were to assume and believe thatIrandoes have a covert nuclear weapons programme up its sleeve, there is reason to worry. Less reason, however, than the dangers posed by already weaponized states- including Israel’s undeclared and deadly arsenal all of which are aimed at any nation that threatens it with a call to justice for the Palestinians.Israel’s deployment of nuclear-tipped cruise missiles on German-built submarines pokes holes inGermany’s claim that they are passive as far as nuclear proliferation goes. Paid for by German government, the submarines will, as Ehud Barak states, secure the existence of the state ofIsrael”for many years.” (See article below)
Germany must cease its clandestine support of nuclear weapons to one country while arguing for stringent action againstIran’s unconfirmed programme of nuclear weapons. Because it begs the question: How long must the Palestinians pay forGermany’s guilt during WW II?
But Israel’s security i not under threat given its huge military capabilities- all of which are donor-rolled by theUSand its allies in direct and indirect ways. Israelcan feel full secure only when its own guilt of occupying a people and land that does not belong to them is undone. The occupation of all Palestinian lands must end, Israel must abandon settlements, dismantle the wall, withdraw its military from Palestinian territories, release prisoners held on forged charges, and negotiate in a reasonable manner so that it can find its security from creating peace, not war.
A first step will be drive the United Nations and member nations to bring into force a Nuclear Free Middle East. There is some support in the West supportive of a nuclear free zone for the Middle East. But this line of thinking is still politically marginal, and not even audible in against the rattling of bombs and drones!
Peace is too serious and important a subject to leave in the hands of politicians and policy makers. People of peace must push their leaders to abandon militarism as an ideology of resolving conflict. The streets have made change possible. It is important to trust and believe in the power of people.
Israel‘s Nukes Harm US National Interests
June 3, 2012
Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons on German-Built Submarines
A German shipyard has already built three submarines for Israel, and three more are planned. Now SPIEGEL has learned thatIsraelis arming the submarines with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The German government has known about Israel’s nuclear weapons program for decades, despite its official denials.
Germany is helpingIsraelto develop its military nuclear capabilities, SPIEGEL has learned. According to extensive research carried out by the magazine,Israelis equipping submarines that were built in the northern German city of Kieland largely paid for by the German government with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The missiles can be launched using a previously secret hydraulic ejection system. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak told SPIEGEL that Germans should be “proud” that they have secured the existence of the state of Israel”for many years.”
In the past, the German government has always stuck to the position that it is unaware of nuclear weapons being deployed on the vessels. Now, however, former high-ranking officials from the German Defense Ministry, including former State Secretary Lothar Rühl and former chief of the planning staff Hans Rühle, have told SPIEGEL that they had always assumed thatIsraelwould deploy nuclear weapons on the submarines. Rühl had even discussed the issue with the military in Tel Aviv.
Israel has a policy of not commenting officially on its nuclear weapons program. Documents from the archives of the German Foreign Ministry make it clear, however, that the German government has known about the program since 1961. The last discussion for which there is evidence took place in 1977, when then-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt spoke to then-Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan about the issue.
The submarines are built by the German shipyard HDW inKiel. Three submarines have already been delivered toIsrael, and three more will be delivered by 2017. In addition,Israelis considering ordering its seventh, eighth and ninth submarines from Germany.
The German government recently signed the contract for the delivery of the sixth vessel. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, Chancellor Angela Merkel made substantial concessions to the Israelis. Not only isBerlinfinancing one-third of the cost of the submarine, around €135 million ($168 million), but it is also allowing Israel to defer its payment until 2015.
Merkel had tied the delivery of the sixth submarine to a number of conditions, including a demand thatIsraelstop its expansionist settlement policy and allow the completion of a sewage treatment plant in the Gaza Strip, which is partially financed with German money. So far, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met none of the terms.
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