Sane Countries Ban Nuclear Weapons
On July 7th, 2017 something incredible happened. 122 countries chose to ban nuclear weapons!
UN member states voted 122-1 to adopt the first ever multilateral legally binding treaty on nuclear disarmaments. The sole vote against the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came from the Netherlands. The few countries who already have nukes (and their loyal minions) simply boycotted the entire treaty-making process.
The fact that 122 countries have agreed to ban nuclear weapons is truly a wonderful thing.
Of course it is just a beginning. The ban still requires ratification by each signatory nation and can't be enforced on nations with nukes. But, the treaty is an essential move forward after 70 years of nuclear madness.
Many still argue that nuclear weapons are needed to prevent another world war. But, that thinking has be- come increasingly obsolete in an age of Islamic terrorism and suicide bombers, cyber attacks, financial warfare and other threats.
Nuclear weapons have not stopped the United States from bullying and dominating the rest of the world. Nor will they stop China's long march toward domination.
It wouldn't be so bad if the nuclear powers had actually lived up to their obligations to prevent nuclear proliferation and all nuclear weapons could be monitored. But they certainly didn't live up to their obligations.
The U.S. is perhaps the greatest source of nuclear proliferation. According the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. can't account for 36,023 pounds (16,340 kg) of "weapons usable" nuclear material that it once shipped overseas.
The inept U.S. government is not able to account for the nuclear material overseas that is subject to
nuclear cooperation agreement terms because the agreements do not stipulate systematic reporting of such information, and there is no U.S. policy to even obtain such information.
In addition, there is the plutonium that has gone missing from U.S. nuclear labs and maintenance facilities which amounts to at least hundreds of kilos.
Under the last Bush administration, management of America's nuclear labs were transferred to large multinational criminal corporations and security and safety at the labs have plummeted since privatization. It's anyone's guess how much nuclear material has gone missing in recent years.
Under Reagan, Pakistan was given nuclear technology which it then shared with Iran, Iraq, Libya and North Korea.
Canada violated the the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty when it gave India its nuclear weapons capability.
South Africa got its nuclear weapons capability from the U.S., Pakistan and Israel.
Israel developed its nuclear weapons with help and materials from the UK, U.S., Argentina, France and South Africa.
In 1997, Russian National Security Adviser Aleksandr Lebed claimed that the Russian military had lost track of more than 100 suitcase-sized nuclear bombs. The Russian government initially claimed that it was not true but later admitted that it had indeed made such bombs and that some were unaccounted for.
The philosophy of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) doesn't work when suicidal lunatics have their fingers on the doomsday button. And an increasing number of lunatics now have their fingers on nuclear buttons and the number is growing every year.
Nuclear weapons are 1940s technology and while significant resources and expertise are needed to build them, buying one on the black market is a quick and easy way to acquire one.
Saudi Arabia, the primary sponsor of Islamic militancy and terrorism is believed to already have or soon to have nukes, and Donald Trump says that is OK.
Many in positions of power the U.S., including Obama, had pushed for nuclear disarmament in the recent past but mysteriously changed their minds. Obama went from calling for a nuclear free world to authorizing the greatest expansion of America's nuclear weapons program since the cold war.
In January 2007, former nuclear weapons hawks George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger and Sam Nunn published an article in the conservative Wall Street Journal entitled "A World Free of Nuclear Weapons" that called for nuclear disarmament.
They wrote, “Reassertion of the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and practical measures toward achieving that goal would be, and would be perceived as, a bold initiative consistent with America’s moral heritage. The effort could have a profoundly positive impact on the security of future generations. Without the bold vision, the actions will not be perceived as fair or urgent. Without the actions, the vision will not be perceived as realistic or possible.”
In 2011 all changed their tune and went back to a pronukes position with the statement, “As long as nuclear weapons exist, America must retain a safe, secure and reliable nuclear stockpile primarily to deter a nuclear attack and to reassure our allies through extended deterrence. There is an inherent limit to U.S. and Russian nuclear reductions if other nuclear weapon states build up their inventories or if new nuclear powers emerge."
While this is a logical position to take, it undermines their previous statements. Did the world conditions change or did someone persuade them to modify their position?
They could have been persuaded by Bechtel, a secretive private multinational corporation which generates billions in profit from America's nuclear weapons industry. Shultz has long been a Bechtel man and Kissinger is deeply involved with the company as well.
Bechtel is perhaps the world's largest construction and project management company and it has also managed to gain control over America's nuclear weapons facilities, a goal it had worked towards for decades.
Starting in 2003, George W. Bush privatized America's nuclear weapons program and handed it over to Bechtel. Prior to privatization, the publicly owned University of California had always managed Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and had done a fair job.
Bechtel-led consortiums now control both labs and
have grossly mismanaged them while generating massive profits and increasing costs to taxpayers.
One of the first things Bechtel did was to fire many of the senior scientists so it could pocket the savings in labor costs. This resulted in conditions so unsafe that the lab at Los Alamos that processes plutonium pits used in bombs has been shut down since 2013. Bechtel had fired all of the scientists who could safely handle the pits and didn't properly train replacements.
Since 2000, Bechtel has had the lucrative contract to cleanup the massively contaminated Handford Site (where plutonium was produced for 30,000+ nukes) and again has failed in its task but succeeded in racking in massive profits. Due to Bechtel's greed and incompetence the cleanup is 20 years behind schedule and will cost taxpayers an estimated $115 billion, yet its contract continues to be renewed and cost overruns approved and paid.
Bechtel is one of the criminal corporations that rules the United States and greatly influences, if not controls, America's foreign, energy and nuclear policies. It is deeply integrated into to the U.S. federal government and war industry.
An example of how Bechtel profits from war is Iraq. In the 1980s Bechtel try to persuade Saddam Hussein to pay them to build a pipeline connecting Iraq's Kirkuk oil fields to the Jordanian port of Aqaba on the Red Sea. After years of negotiations, Saddam finally backed out of the deal from fear that Israel would bomb the pipeline.
Not long after it became apparent that the pipeline deal was dead and couldn't be revived, Bechtel figured out a new way to make money off Iraq and the revolving door between Bechtel and Washington was put to use.
The United States encouraged Saddam to invade Kuwait, which had long been pumping oil from deposits mostly under Iraq. After Hussein took the bait, the U.S. used Iraq's invasion of Kuwait as a pretext to wage war against Iraq. Bechtel got the lucrative contracts to rebuild Kuwait and much of Iraq, after it was destroyed by America.
Bechtel's profits from the wars were vastly greater than it would have been from building the pipeline, just as mismanaging America's nuclear weapons facilities is immensely profitable.
Without continued war and the threat of war, Ameri- ca might just reduce or eliminate its nuclear weapons and in the process end billions of dollars of profit for Bechtel.
The capitalist model is an immensely powerful force that can do great good or great evil. Unregulated, it empowers evil.
The evil of Bechtel is displayed in its actions but also in its long participation at Bohemian Grove, an annual summer retreat for evil and powerful men held every July north of Bechtel's headquarters in San Francisco.
One of the opening rituals at Bohemian Grove is the "Cremation of Care", which is a mock (or real) Satanic sacrifice of an infant in front of a 40 foot Illuminati owl statue. This July, it is likely that Brendan Bechtel, Chairman and CEO of Bechtel Corp. will be attending Bohemian Grove, donning a hooded robe and participating in mock or real Satanic ceremonies and plotting the world's future with America's other oligarchs, just like the Bechtels before him. The future the oligarchs choose for us will not likely include peace or a reduction in nuclear weapons.
If humanity is to progress towards peace and sanity it will have to step-up, reign in capitalism and disempower evil elements of society while empowering positive elements.