Friday, October 07, 2005

Pondering the Nobel Peace Prize

The International Atomic Energy Agency, and its director, Mohamed ElBaradei, have won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to stop nuclear proliferation—particularly with respect to two spokes of the "Axis of Evil", Iran and North Korea.

The White House heartily applauded the decision. According to Press Secretary Scott McClellan, the Bush administration "welcome[s] the committee recognition of the importance of stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons," and added that the U.S. government hopes "to work with Doctor ElBaradei to meet the dangers posed by proliferation, including the threats posed by North Korea and Iran nuclear programs."

That's all well and good, but, unsurprisingly, McClellan made no mention of the Bush administration's own recent use of nuclear intimidation in the War on Terror. You see, at the same time we're applauding the non-proliferation camp, the Pentagon is drawing up plans to use nuclear weapons against terror groups and the countries that support them.
To deter the use of weapons of mass destruction against the United States, the Pentagon paper says preparations must be made to use nuclear weapons and show determination to use them "if necessary to prevent or retaliate against WMD use."
So, we're willing to help the Nobel laureates counteract nuclear threats from abroad, but we're totally unwilling to even consider the idea that our own massive nuclear arsenal might pose a threat as well. As usual, the Bush administration navigates down a network of one-way streets.

Now, someone better go comfort Bono. He's the one sobbing quietly in the corner.
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