Common Dreams news source of Good Friday, April 3rd rejoiced in the victory of peace over war as a nuclear agreement was signed between Iran and “coalition” nations. How quickly we forget that Iran is surrounded by over thirty US military installations and a US Navy fleet in the Gulf. Israel, the only nation in the region with nuclear weapons is vehemently opposed to an agreement with Iran. Neo Conservatives and supporters of the Military Industrial Complex in the USA are also unhappy about an agreement with Iran. Sixteen foreign military incursions in smaller nations by US troops since the Vietnam War is seemingly not enough agony for some elected officials in our government. The animosity between Iran, the USA and European nations began in 1953 when the CIA overthrew President Mossadegh, elected by the people of Iran with intentions of reclaiming control of Iranian oil. Britain and other countries have always desired domination of a resource so abundant in Gulf States. As history indicates, war erupts in the deadly desire to control diminishing supplies of oil.
Israel will not reveal how many nuclear weapons it has. Mordechai Vanunu, an Israeli nuclear technologist was sent to prison for his plan in 1982 to tell a journalist from THE LONDON TIMES, Israel did indeed have such city/country destroying weapons. Although now released from 25 years (18 in solitary confinement) in prison for simply telling the truth about Israel’s nuclear arms, Vanunu is unable to leave his country or speak to reporters. “Truth is the first casualty of war.”
The United Nations passed a strong resolution in 1962 condemning any nation that uses nuclear weapons. In 1963, the Catholic II Vatican Council issued a strong denunciation of any government with the intent of using weapons of mass destruction. (Church In the Modern World, Paragraph 89)
Fr. Richard McSorley, SJ asks an elementary question of each one of us: “Can we go along with the intent to use nuclear weapons? What is wrong to do, it is wrong to intend to do. If it is wrong for me to kill you, it is wrong for me to plan to do it….Likewise, if I intended to use nuclear weapons in massive retaliation, I have already committed massive murder in my heart.”
All five Security Council nations (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US) hypocritically possess thousands of nuclear weapons and clearly would use such widgets in the event of another war.
As outbursts of violence erupt too frequently in our present, Richard McSorley offers another insight for us: “The taproot of violence in our society today is our intent to use nuclear weapons. Once we have agreed to that, all other evil is minor in comparison. Until we squarely face the question of our consent to use nuclear weapons, any hope of large-scale improvement of public morality is doomed to failure.
Progress has been made through international legislation banning nuclear weapons in Antarctica and the 1967 Treaty of Tlatelloco (Mexico) which forbids nuclear weapons anywhere in Latin America or the Caribbean. Will Washington someday perceive our survival is enhanced without nuclear weapons?