Archive for February 18th, 2012

18/02/2012

Israel-U.S. vs Iran: Two (Nuke) Haves Against One Have-Not

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung* – TRANSCEND – The state system at its worst: trading insults and threats, sanctions, readiness to use extreme violence, forward deployment of US troops in Israel as hostages to guarantee US involvement, disregard for common people and the effects of warfare in the Middle East and the world.

**Obama, 2006. Author: Ari Levinson (Autumnfire) | Wikimedia Commons

The options are harder sanctions, or war. The far better option, sitting down, with mediators, talking and searching for solutions, is absent.

Polarization, escalation, the material of which wars are made fill the media. What a shame.

Indeed, there are multiple underlying conflicts. Take the nuclear issue: two haves against one have-not. But the USA lived with Soviet and Chinese nuclear bombs for a long time before they learnt to talk. Israel has lived with Pakistani nuclear options, referred to as “Islamic”, even with the bomb. Of course, the real, longer term goal could be that Pakistani bomb.

But then, with no proof of an Iranian nuclear arms capability, why Iran?

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18/02/2012

Desert “Star Wars”, Respect Dignity of Life

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ramesh Jaura – IDN-InDepth News*, Berlin/Tokyo – In a variation of the legendary slogan “make love, not war”, an eminent Buddhist philosopher is calling for a nuclear-free world in which genuine human security, sustainable development and unwavering respect for the dignity of life do not only comprise an ideal but constitute an entrenched reality.

**Image: BANG (Ban All-Nukes Generation) | Credit: enact.org.nz

In a 23-page peace proposal titled ‘Human Security and Sustainability: Sharing Reverence for the Dignity of Life,’ Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda pleads for a nuclear abolition summit in 2015 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the two cities so that the growing momentum toward elimination of nuclear weapons becomes irreversible.

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