Leaders from some forty-seven nations arrive in Washington DC today for the Nuclear Summit convened by President Barack Obama. A prominent absentee will be Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who reportedly feared Muslim delegates would use the meeting to demand Israel give up, what many have asserted for decades, is a nuclear weapons program. According to a number of reports Netanyahu, cancelled after discovering that some countries including Egypt and Turkey planned to demand Israel ratify the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Although some observers consider the Israeli leader was keen to avoid further tensions with Obama regarding Jewish ‘settlements’
In a just world, one dedicated to reducing the nightmare of nuclear weapons such political evasion would not be tolerated and Israel would be required by international consensus, with the leverage of United Nations sanction, to commit itself to non-proliferation. Yet this event, though asserting principled objectives on reducing the threat posed by nuclear weaponry, is weakened and divided by the numerous political agenda of participating nations. In particular the United States, which is seeking to engineer a concerted international strategy on Iran’s claimed nuclear ambitions, and perhaps most worryingly communist China’s determination to increase its nuclear arsenal.
President Hu Jintao attends the Summit representing an increasingly assertive and aggressive state, indifferent to international concern over its appalling human rights record an oppressive occupation of Tibet and East Turkestan. When examining the nuclear record of communist China, which we shall examine shortly, it is difficult not to wretch at the sickening hypocrisy of Hu Jintao agreeing to the Summit’s principal objectives, which according to a official communication assert:
Nuclear terrorism is one of the most challenging threats to international security, and strong nuclear security measures are the most effective means to prevent terrorists, criminals, or other unauthorized actors from acquiring nuclear materials. In addition to our shared goals of nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy, we also all share the objective of nuclear security. Therefore those gathered here in Washington DC on April 13, 2010 commit to strengthen nuclear security and reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism. Success will require responsible national actions and sustained and effective international cooperation. We welcome and join President Obama’s call to secure all vulnerable nuclear material in four years, as we work together to enhance nuclear security. The common aim is to contain the twin menace of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism, which Obama has identified as the principal threats to his country and to global security
The rhetoric emerging from the Obama Administration, already committed to a costly aggression in Afghanistan, is sounding increasingly similar to that of its predecessors: “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.” Madeleine Albright, Feb. 18, 1998. (emphasis added)
Simply substitute Iran for Iraq, play the nuclear terrorism card and we are returned to the scenario of the international forces-of-light opposing some presumed nuclear threat. Yet while the fingers of the world’s most powerful nations are pointing in unison at such apparent security fears, we should recall the destruction, suffering and oppression which collectively they have inflicted upon peoples, which qualify as state terrorism.Take for example the use of depleted uranium weaponry by the United States in Iraq, and so we hear in Afghanistan too. According to some reports the Pentagon has admitted to the deploying 1.200 tonnes of depleted uranium armaments in Iraq, with devastating effects. Including what surely constitutes a war crime against the people of Fallujah, where an alarming number of children are being born with a range of harrowing deformities.
The indiscriminate deployment of depleted uranium weapons by the forces of the United States is itself a terrorist act, in that a largely innocent population is traumatized mentally, emotionally and physically by weapons designed to cause maximum death and suffering. Beyond the horrors of Falujah the geographical scale of such weaponry has resulted in highly toxic plumes contaminating territories, far beyond Central Asia and Iraq. A 2006 scientific study http://www.llrc.org/du/subtopic/aldermastonrept.htm revealed that high levels of depleted uranium contamination was being recorded in Britain.
The harrowing impacts of radioactive fallout and nuclear weaponry is also known to the Uyghur people of East Turkestan (renamed as Xinjiang Province following China’s invasion of the Central Asian region in 1948). The area is home to communist China’s nuclear testing site at Lop Nor http://www.iris.iris.edu/newsletter/fallnews/chinese.html in the remote wastes of the Takla Makan Desert.
Between 1964 and 1995 red-China carried out 46 atmospheric and underground nuclear tests in East Turkestan. According to the International Physicians for the Prevention of War among other radio-active elements some 48 kilograms of Plutonium-239 has been released, while medical opinion notes that just one-millionth of a gram of this material can cause cancer! At a 2008 nuclear symposium Japanese professor, Takada Jun, revealed that communist China’s testing had resulted in 750,000 civilian deaths in surrounding areas. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/14535/
Shrouded in secrecy, communist China’s program has resulted in fallout being recorded as far away as Japan and the United States. According to Uighur sources one in ten of the population are suffering from various forms of cancer, with oesophagus cancer being 8 times higher than in communist China and a reported 70 percent incidence of vaginal cancers. As with Iraq premature births congenital defects resulting from radiation exposure are common among children, graphically evidenced by the 1996 UK television documentary ‘Death on the Silk Road’. With some 85,000 people living within close proximity of the nuclear test site the Chinese newspaper, Mingbao, released a 1988 report documenting a figure of 20, 000 children suffering from deformities.
So we have today’s Nuclear Summit convened and supported by states whose actions may be best described as nuclear terrorism, lecturing the world on the importance of combating terrorism, while guilty of inflicting the most appalling suffering and destruction upon countless peoples in Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Turkestan. Indeed, as Hu Jintao presents his deathly smile for another photo opportunity, China’s military is investing billions of dollars in increasing its nuclear capability, according to a 2009 Pentagon Report:
“China’s nuclear arsenal currently consists of approximately 20 silo-based, liquid-fueled CSS-4 ICBMs; solid-fuelled, road-mobile DF-31 and DF-31A ICBMs, which were deployed respectively in 2006 and 2007; approximately 20 liquid-fuelled, limited range CSS-3 ICBMs; between 15 to 20 liquid-fuelled CSS-2 intermediate-range ballistic missiles; CSS-5 road-mobile, solid-fuelled MRBMs (for regional deterrence missions); and JL-1 SLBMs on the XIA-class SSBN (although the operational status of the XIA is questionable).
By 2010, China’s nuclear forces will be comprised of DF-31 and DF-31As; enhanced CSS-4s; CSS-3s; CSS-5s; and JIN-class SSBNs, each carrying 12 JL-2 SLBMs. The addition of nuclear-capable forces with greater mobility and survivability, combined with the ballistic missile defense countermeasures China is researching new air- and ground-launched cruise missiles that could potentially perform nuclear missions would similarly improve the survivability, flexibility, and effectiveness of China’s nuclear forces.”
As known to the many Tibetans and supporters, who will be protesting Hu Jintao’s presence today in Washington DC, China is guilty of terrorizing the people of Tibet and East Turkestan, has poisoned those lands with nuclear waste, and killed many thousands through nuclear testing. Like the United States it is bankrupt of any moral authority to talk of enforcing global security and reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism while its military forces are engaged in the expansion, testing and deployment of nuclear weaponry.
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