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ZCommunications | The Gravest Threat to World Peace by Noam Chomsky | ZNet Article

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Noam Chomsky discusses “the most obvious way to address “the gravest threat” – Establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.” He describes how all nations are expected to progress toward Nuclear disarmament, but that Nuclear Weapons Free Zones are constantly stymied by the US and Israel’s continual refusal to attend conferences and adhere to UN resolutions.

ZCommunications | The Gravest Threat to World Peace by Noam Chomsky | ZNet Article:

“A fine opportunity to carry such measures forward arose last month, when an international conference was planned on the matter in Helsinki.

A conference did take place, but not the one that was planned. Only nongovernmental organizations participated in the alternate conference, hosted by the Peace Union of Finland. The planned international conference was canceled by Washington in November, shortly after Iran agreed to attend.

The Obama administration’s official reason was ‘political turmoil in the region and Iran’s defiant stance on nonproliferation,’ the Associated Press reported, along with lack of consensus ‘on how to approach the conference.’ That reason is the approved reference to the fact that the region’s only nuclear power, Israel, refused to attend, calling the request to do so ‘coercion.’

Apparently, the Obama administration is keeping to its earlier position that ‘conditions are not right unless all members of the region participate.’ The United States will not allow measures to place Israel’s nuclear facilities under international inspection. Nor will the U.S. release information on ‘the nature and scope of Israeli nuclear facilities and activities.’

The Kuwait news agency immediately reported that ‘the Arab group of states and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states agreed to continue lobbying for a conference on establishing a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.’

Last month, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling on Israel to join the NPT, 174-6. Voting no was the usual contingent: Israel, the United States, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

A few days later, the United States carried out a nuclear weapons test, again banning international inspectors from the test site in Nevada. Iran protested, as did the mayor of Hiroshima and some Japanese peace groups”

(Via ZCommunications.)

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Written by Sean Bozkewycz

January 7, 2013 at 12:27

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