A reflection by Susan Crane, FDC SeaTac, 2011-4-12
The US has blocked nuclear free zones in Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands.
African countries agreed to be a nuclear weapons free zone. But Africa includes Diego Garcia, an island in the Indian Ocean. Diego Garcia is a US military base, and nuclear weapons are stored there. So, the US vetoes the African nuclear weapons free zone.
Similarly in the South Pacific. The South Pacific countries want to be a nuclear weapons free zone, but the US has islands there, and nuclear weapons are stored on those South Pacific islands. The US consequently won’t agree to a nuclear weapons free zone there.
Further, after the May [2010 Nuclear] Non Proliferation [Treaty Review] Conference in New York City last May, there was an international call for a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East.
The US said it wanted a nuclear weapon free Middle East, but first, there had to be a comprehensive peace treaty. The US has been taking the side of Israel and blocking comprehensive peace treaties in the Middle East for decades.
As we struggle for a nuclear weapons free zone in the Puget Sound, we’re in solidarity with the people of Africa, the Pacific Islands, and many in the Middle East. There is one blue sky over all of us, and we struggle together.
Editor’s Note: Susan’s reflection was inspired by US Savage Imperialism, The U.S., the Mideast, and the world, part four of a talk at Z Media Institute with Noam Chomsky, published online at Z Magazine (http://www.zcommunications.org/u-s-savage-imperialism-part-4-by-noam-chomsky).
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