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

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


  1. *sigh*…Funny that the government we most feared when I was a child to nuke us into kingdom come is seeking to end the possession of nuclear weapons. We had “bomb” drills in school and every Friday a siren would sound at noon in my neighborhood. There were “warnings” from the emergency broadcast system on TV keeping us ALWAYS aware of the Soviet threat to our nation.

    The Bush Administration’s opposition to this treaty should be a wake up call for every American.

    Comment by Marty | September 13, 2006

  2. Bush and Arms Control! Ha. Name on international treaty that Bush has shown a lick of respect for during his Presidency??

    Only three months after 9/11, Bush decides to up and quit the ABM. While at UGA, I took a Arms Control class and our prof was a former Assistant to Gorbachev. Most informative class I ever took. 3 hours a week of intellectual Bush-Bashing (which Bush fully deserved and still deserves when it comes to Arms Control).

    Comment by Big Daddy Weave | September 13, 2006

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