Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Quote of the Day

I’ve been looking for this quote for years. On Monday, Keith Olberman, in his 9/11 commentary, gave it to me.

The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men.
“For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own — for the children, and the children yet unborn
.” Rod Serling, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” 1960 episode of The Twilight Zone.

September 13, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Quote of the Day

5 Former Soviet Republics Give Up Nukes

A groundbreaking treaty negotiated by Russia with Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, commits these former republics of the old USSR to never produce, buy, or allow nuclear weapons to be placed on their soil. This is quite an achievement since this is an area of the world where terrorists would most likely try to acquire nuclear weapons. The world rejoices.

Except the Bush administration. As reported here, the Bush administration is actually opposing this treaty. The Bush admin. claims that it is worried that “other international treaties could take precedence over the provisions of this treaty, and thus obviate the central objective of creating a zone free of nuclear weapons.” to quote the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan.

But arms control groups are suspicious that the real reason for the Bush admin. objection is that it wants to be able to deploy nukes on U.S. bases in the region.

Hmm. What a choice: Make it harder for terrorists to get nuclear weapons, but give up imperial aims and using nukes in “conventional” wars. To anyone but the current U.S. administration that choice would seem a no brainer, but “the Decider,” we’ve seen these past 5 years, doesn’t like any obstacles to his imperial designs.

September 13, 2006 Posted by | nuclear weapons, peacemaking | 2 Comments