Friday, February 01, 2019

No Nukes

Trump plans to suspend its obligations under the  Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty 1987 arms control treaty to begin the six-month withdrawal process, and ultimately "will terminate" it if Russia doesn't come into compliance. 

The only ones applauding the decision to tear up the INF Treaty are the nuclear weapons manufacturers, eagerly anticipating the kickoff of Cold War II," noted Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Robert Dodge of Physicians for Social Responsibility writes of “the new arms race initiated by the United States plan to spend over $1 trillion in the next three decades to rebuild our entire nuclear arsenal.

The Trump administration has begun production of a new "low-yield" warhead that experts warn lowers the thresh-hold for the chances of a nuclear war. The weapon, known as the W76-2, would free the generals and war planners from the straightjacket known as Mutually Assured Destruction, or MAD. The Russians believe the US are not likely to risk a global thermonuclear war in response to a ‘tactical’ nuclear attack by them. But not if the USA possessed "small" nukes.

In 2017,  122 nations passed a resolution in the United Nations calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons: 
“. . .each State Party that owns, possesses or controls nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices shall immediately remove them from operational status and destroy them, as soon as possible.”

For some reason, the debate on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons treaty was boycotted by all nine nuclear-armed nations, along with the armed West’s NATO allies. The vote was, of course, instantly forgotten.

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