Thursday, November 5, 2009

Phyllis Bennis: World Without Nuclear Weapons Still Possible

US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis has an article in the Huffington Post about the importance of a nuclear weapons-free Middle East--and why Israel isn't excited about the prospect:
"A nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East would mean Israel would have to get rid of its nukes. Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and everyone else in the region would continue their current obligation not to create nuclear weapons. And the U.S. would be prohibited from sending nuclear weapons on ships, subs or planes into the no-nuke zone."
She notes that U.S. support for a Middle East without nukes not only exists, but in enshrined in international law:
"The great secret -- Obama's top officials may not even have been briefed about it -- is that support for such a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East is already U.S. policy. In 1991, the U.S. drafted the United Nations resolution that ending Operation Desert Storm, the first U.S. war against Iraq. Article 14 of that resolution calls for "establishing in the Middle East a zone free of weapons of mass destruction and all missiles to deliver them." The whole region -- no exceptions. And Council resolutions are binding, so now it's the law -- for the U.S. and the whole world - enshrined in Security Council resolution 687."
Check out the full article here.