News today should come as no surprise as Stephen Harper’s Government of Canada voted against a decision in the UN to make the Middle East a “weapons-of-mass-destruction-free-zone” by next year.
The decision came at the United Nations review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which is a document that was signed by 191 countries in 1970 aimed at “global disarmament.” Because of Canada’s, Britain’s, and the US’s opposing votes, the request for a nuclear disarmament conference on the Middle East by 2016 has been cancelled until 2020, despite the 180 or so countries which supported the plan.
In the end it was Israel who dictated whether or not the initiative would move forward — which is a paradox in itself as Israel isn’t a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). They refuse to become a member since it would require them to open their nuclear facilities to inspection from the International Atomic Energy Agency, something Israel hasn’t let anyone do in history.
In December the UN General Assembly voted on a resolution to force Israel to join the NPT, which resulted in almost unanimous approval. Only 6 out of the 174 countries involved voted against it; Israel, Canada, and the United States counting for half of the opposition.
Israel still refuses to let the UN check out their nuclear facilities, and putting the kibosh on the 2016 plan for a nuclear-weapons-free-zone though Canada and the US has bought them that luxury for a little longer. Maybe they don’t want the UN to find Israel’s cache of nukes to see the “made in America” stamps across them.
Many countries spoke in criticism of Canada and America’s decision to let Israel have its way, seeing this as a move to prolong tensions in the Middle East and a surefire way to avoid peace agreements in the future. Director general for political and international security affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Hamid Baeidinejad, had this to say:
“Whereas after four weeks of round the clock negotiations… the US, the UK and Canada suddenly announced this afternoon that they cannot agree to the text proposed by the presidency of the conference on account of being unhappy with the segment of the text relating to the creation of a region free of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.”
Many maybe asking: “who in their right-mind would vote against making a nuclear-weapons-free-zone in a volatile area?” It’s a good question. The answer may trouble the asker.
Why indeed. Israel’s — and therefore Canada’s, the US’s, and Britain’s — response is that disarming themselves of their nuclear weapons would leave them vulnerable to attack, which their government’s rhetoric guarantees as the outcome. As it sits right now, though they haven’t admitted they have stockpiles of enough nuclear weapons to decimate the entire planet, Israel is the only country in the Middle East to possess such weapons.
The other frame of mind is that Israel is volatile, violent, and liable to nuke Iran, Iraq, or Syria at any time they get the urge. Not only that, but Israel has been caught red-handed supplying weapons to ISIS and al Nursa Front in attempt to topple Syria’s current regime. Putting weapons in the hands of terrorists should automatically draw suspicion from the rest of the world as to just what weapons you possess. Furthermore, one only needs to look at the animalistic way the Zionist regimes of Israel have treated the Palestinians for decades and it becomes clear that they are capable of any atrocity. To the apparent majority, which I am one of, stripping Israel of its nuclear weapons should be one of the most, if not the most important international initiative in effect. But, thanks to Stephen Harper’s leash being so tightly wrapped around Netanyahu’s wrist, nothing of the sort will even begin to be possible for at least another 5-years. God only knows what will happen in that time.
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