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2/5/2004

failed containment

      2:46 am

    Sharing nuclear weapons technology for personal gain has got to be one of the most serious crimes a person can commit, as it could contribute to genocidal mass murder.

    Now we see the father of the Pakistani bomb confessing to sharing nuclear secrets with other nations, and a call for his “forgiveness", the deal in all likeliness being that he will now help with intelligence on where this technology went. Criminal investigations often make deals, for example lower level drug dealers can escape prison time by helping undercover agents put away the bosses, etc.

    This is an exceptional case however, as there are few crimes in existence more serious that this one, so to pardon such an offender in exchange for anti terrorist information shows the critical desperatation of this situation. (We should also consider the possibility that Abdul Qadeer Khan remains loyal to his government, stepping forward to accept the blame for a broader misguided policy to protect his countrys reputation).

    We naturally always focus on the human interest side of any story, such as a candidates love life rather than his politics, and so on. But the fate of this individual, or his level or guilt or innocence is irrelevant compared to the more important question of the consequences of the failure of nuclear containment. Nuclear proliferation is destabilizing and extremely dangerous.

    This technology was originally developed by scientists who hoped it would be a deterent the Nazis, who it was feared were attempting to develope a bomb of their own first. Many of those scientists were horrified to learn their contribution led to murder of hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki - without even a warning demonstration first to allow Japan a chance at a fearful surrender. But all that is history. Everyone who contributed to the creation of this madness had their reason, and it all must have seemed reasonable to each of them at the time. Whether that reason was to defeat Hitler or to pay their bills and feed their family, the work of countless scientists was done - the technology was created, tested, enhanced, and finally shared. Now we all have to live with the consequences.

    2/3/2004

    George W Bush argues for his own impeachment?

        6:23 am

      Well not exactly… But a selection from his 2004 state of the union address with only 4 words removed sounds very much like a condemnation of his presidential selection by the Supreme Court:

      “Activist judges, however, …. by court order, without regard for the will of the people and their elected representatives. On an issue of such great consequence, the people’s voice must be heard. If judges insist on forcing their arbitrary will upon the people, the only alternative left to the people would be the constitutional process. ”

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