Radioactive hypocrisy

AlterNet
by Tad Daley

05/15/08

‘Why can’t we have them when they can?’ That, for the ‘nuclear have-nots,’ has long been the essence of what some call the nuclear double standard, what others call nuclear narcissism, what others still call America’s nuclear hypocrisy. The bitterness about that double standard has steadily intensified for almost exactly four decades now (the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, was signed on July 1, 1968, and came into force in 1970). Why? Because in the basic bargain of the NPT, the non-nuclear weapon states promised forever to forego nuclear weapons, in exchange for a pair of promises from the nuclear weapon states. First, the nuclear weapon states conceded — quite explicitly, in Article IV — that the non-nuclear weapon states possess an ‘inalienable right’ to develop ‘nuclear energy for peaceful purposes’ and even promised ‘to facilitate’ their efforts to do so. Second, the nuclear weapon states promised — quite explicitly, in Article VI, and reiterated quite explicitly at the NPT Review Conferences in 1995 and 2000 — to negotiate the complete elimination of their own nuclear arsenals, and eventually to deliver to the human race a nuclear-weapon-free world...

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