UN GA Votes Concerning World Security
Have you heard/seen anything about the voting in the UN General Assembly concerning Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, including the important issue of non-militarization of space?
The US was alone in voting against activating the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. 173 to 1
A subcritical nuclear test is scheduled to be held 85 miles from Las Vegas in 2004. The elected President Bush imposed a moratorium on nuclear testing in 1992.
India joined the US in voting against a program for transparent, verified, and irreversible reduction and elimination of nuclear war making abilities. 14 nations abstained from the vote. As signatories to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty , put into force in 1970 our nation is required to cut our stocks of nuclear weapons.
Rather than cutting back on nuclear arms the Bush Administration 2001 Nuclear Posture Review forecasts a "need" for a greater variety of nuclear weapons than ever before.
On not bringing the arms race into outer space the vote was 174 to zero. Sounds good until you see the US, Israel and the major world powers of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands abstained from the vote. All three states rely heavily on US goodwill for their existence. Money talks, my friends.
To learn more explore "The Shameful U.S. Record in 2003 Disarmament Votes at the United Nations", you'll note that the countries joining the US in voting against Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty enforcement issues all embrace "the Bomb". "Possession as 9 points of the law" as the saying goes and all, I guess.
Learn more about space based weapons. Visit the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.
The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability is a comprehensive information site to learn about nuclear health, weapons and cleanup issues.
Reaching Critical Will will inform your judgement on these pressing nuclear issues.
The Center for American Progress offers a handy fact sheet with supportive links that blows the corporate cover of the present administration, read "2003: A Year of Distortion for the American People".
Take a look at White House claims about GOP legislation concerning healthcare, the economy, the environment, education, Iraq, Afghanistan and Homeland Security. The claims make great soundbites, the facts show an immense disregard for the truth.
Without a collaborative and cowed media such effrontery would not even have been attempted against the American people, much less would it have been done with so much success.
With hardly a mainstream media mention to bring the realities of current legislation into public discourse we see the common good of the people trampled in a rush for corporate cash.
Help get the truth out.
Lest We Forget
(Some tools for discernment concerning recent headlines)
Although the United States went to war with Iraq over the threat of nonexistent weapons that we were told threatened "We the People" here in America Mr Bush and his administration have conveniently forgot that fact. It seems a majority of us have too, the war is roundly hailed as a Bush success now that the murderous despot Saddam Hussein has been captured.
We should remember, as William Pitt points out, Saddam Hussein is in part an American creation, a man that for years was on the US payroll.
Saddam Hussein, former employee of the American federal government, was captured near a farmhouse in Tikrit in a raid performed by other employees of the American federal government. That sounds pretty deranged, right? Perhaps, but it is also accurate. The unifying thread binding together everyone assembled at that Tikrit farmhouse is the simple fact that all of them – the soldiers as well as Hussein – have received pay from the United States for services rendered.
I realize as I talk to my fellows that most folks are too caught up in life to have very much knowledge of US history, much less the history of US involvement with the affairs of other nations.
Did you know that Saddam came to power with the help of the CIA? Yes, the same people that have gotten Ahmed Chalabi a start with his Iraqi National Congress, and in Saddam's case oil figures in too. If you read todays USA Today you would get the story of Husseins rise to power- without the CIA mentioned . Go figure.
Richard Sale of United Press International (UPI) documents the Saddam/CIA connection. This connection has been documented and published in the New York Times in an article entitled "A Tyrant 40 Years in the Making" by Roger Morris who was a former National Security Council staffer.
Abdel Karim Qassim (Kassem) had overthrown the pro west monarchy of Iraq and had the temerity to nationalize Iraqi oil. He was widely popular with his people. His defiance of the corporate west was his death sentence. That is where Saddam Hussein's rise to power begins.
Shaking Hands with Saddam Hussein: The U.S. Tilts toward Iraq, 1980-1984 National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 82 Edited by Joyce Battle February 25, 2003 will give you a depth of understanding about the Hussein/ Reagan/ elected President Bush nexis. You'll note that a great many of the same players have resurfaced in the administration of the current White House resident.
This is a pretty interesting exchange between Hussein and an interrogator:
Saddam was also asked whether Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. “No, of course not,” he replied, according to the official, “the U.S. dreamed them up itself to have a reason to go to war with us.” The interrogator continued along this line, said the official, asking: “if you had no weapons of mass destruction then why not let the U.N. inspectors into your facilities?” Saddam’s reply: “We didn’t want them to go into the presidential areas and intrude on our privacy.”
History can show you why.
In 1998 UNSCOM weapons inspectors had become unwitting spies for the US government when Scott Ritter's inspection crew started monitoring the Iraqi presidents telephone and then succeeded in discovering the algorithms that kept Hussein's conversations coded. The UN inspectors where searching for the truth surrounding Iraq's weapons programs. American intelligence had other ideas of what the telephone intercepts could be used for. An intelligence agency called the Special Collection Service (SCS) which is run jointly by the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency (NSA) had it's technicians track Saddams whereabouts and figure out a pattern to his travels.
Read the Seymour Hersh piece "Saddam's Best Friend: How the C.I.A. made it a lot easier for the Iraqi leader to rearm" to get the full story.
Richard Butler, head of the UN inspection team pulled the inspectors out of Iraq. They were not kicked out by Saddam Hussein.
Butler ordered his inspectors to evacuate Baghdad, in anticipation of a military attack, on Tuesday night."
Here is a list of the original reportage concerning Butler pulling out UN inspecters and then more recent references to them "being kicked out" of Iraq.
Remember this was under the Clinton administration, The Bush administration is not alone in lacking integrity when it comes to Iraq.
2 days later, utilizing the telephone intercept intelligence Operation Desert Fox was launched, 4 days of hundreds of cruise missiles raining down on "military targets" in Iraq, including two trysting places Saddam frequented with his mistresses.
Many of the sites bombed had been inspected by UNSCOM. Scott Ritter was accused of spying by the Iraqi government. Ritter gives a very telling history of the inspections, I recommend reading it. One gets the sense that the Clinton administration was pushing Saddam to do something.
With Berger facing one last opportunity for decisive military action, Butler was instructed to organize inspection activity designed to provoke Iraq into breaking its agreement to cooperate fully with UNSCOM
The Hussein regime allowed the inspectors into really sensitive areas. But that was not enough.
With a malleable press, 9/11 and what was percieved as a quick run of Afghanistan Bush took it from there... The blinders of Patriotism are a powerful thing when a populace wants to believe.
You can use a search engine to delve into the truth yourself. I hope you find these limited offerings helpful in your search for understanding what is behind todays headlines. Dialogue with good people who have fallen for "The Big Lie", help them to inquire for themselves. The truth is easy to find. It just needs to be looked for.