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Friday, March 03, 2006

Violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

President Bush has just completed negotiations with India and vowed to gut the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty on India's behalf.

Bush's agreement permits India to keep existing, and future elements of its nuclear program secret and allows India to continue manufacturing nuclear weapons. In Bush's plan, only 14 of India's 20+ nuclear power reactors will be subject to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections. In response to allowing inspections at SOME of their facilities, India will be given the green light to buy necessary technology, parts, and nuclear fuel from the US and our allies.

Most critically, India's fast-breeder reactors will be designated as untouchable and uninspectable under India's military program. For those of you who don't know, fast-breeder reactors are ideal for the production of plutonium for nuclear bombs.

In effect, Bush's plan encourages India to build more nuclear bombs. More bombs in India's hands means that China and Pakistan will feel that they need more nuclear bombs to counteract the threat of India's bombs.

Having lived through one cold war, with fear of fallout, mutual assured destruction, MIRVs, and nuclear winter, I see no reason to encourage a return to the insanity of a nuclear arms race. I know Bush relishes this, but we need to act to stop it.

The following is a letter I wrote to my representative in the US House.

Dear Representative Lee:

I ask that you co-sponsor H. Con. Res. 318, which opposes Bush's proposed violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Bush wants to allow India to make as much fissile material as they wish. This is a bad idea and sends the message to the rest of the world that the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty is no longer important. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Encouraging India to produce and stockpile nuclear weapons will start another nuclear cold war, in which China and Pakistan try to offset the new weapons developed by India by building their own.

Please support the Resolution; oppose Bush's plan to gut the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.


John Locke


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