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US should renounce WMD US should renounce WMD
by Tahir Khan
2007-05-23 07:47:12
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On March 20, 2003, US President George W. Bush stated that the objective of the Iraq invasion was "To disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein's support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people".

In the last few decades, most of the time, the USA government has refuted claims about weapons of mass destruction justifying attacks on any nation, but the issue is in the last 50 years the USA government has pioneered not only using but also developing and selling all kinds of weapons of mass destruction, and even holds the largest stockpile of all types of weapons.

Another view is that in the past the USA government has provided all types of chemical and biological weapons to favorable governments, even Saddam Hussein regime, and provided weapons to the Taliban of Afghanistan and also provided a nuclear reactor to Iran.

There is a chronology of USA weapons and its use.

BLU-82B, or Daisy Cutter, is quite literally the largest non-nuclear bomb in the World. The Daisy Cutter was first used by the Air Force in the final year of USA's involvement in the Vietnam War for clearing thick jungle areas to create instant landing zones for Army helicopters and this was also used in Iraq and Afghanistan against innocent civilians.

On August 1945 two nuclear bombs, Little Boy and Fat Man, were used against two cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. These two weapons killed approximately 250,000 Japanese citizens outright, and many more thousands have died over the years from radiation sickness and related cancers.

The US army also used depleted uranium in the Gulf War against Iraqi citizens.

List of USA nuclear arsenals:
Nuclear program start date: October 21, 1939
First nuclear weapon test: July 16, 1945
First fusion weapon test: November 1, 1952
Total tests: 1,054 detonations
Peak stockpile: 32,193 warheads (1966)
Current stockpile: 5,735 active, 9,960 total

The United States military used chemical weapons and napalm-like bombs during a bombardment of Fallujah in November 2004. The US military also used white phosphorus on the civilian population during the bombardment on Iraq.

During the Vietnam War, the US military used Agent Orange from 1961 to 1971 to destroy the herbs.

The US Army is also actively involved in a new kind of biological weapons research.

Right now the US is developing a new generation of weapons which are more lethal and much more sophisticated than previous ones that will undermine and possibly violate international treaties on biological and chemical warfare.

This is just the tip of the iceberg concerning the USA's crime and its weapons, and there is also a long list of missiles and bombs in the US arsenal. Britain, Russia and France are also following the same track in WMD.

The core issue is how long the USA government can justify this crime in the name of a war against terror, or the 9/11 issue by killing innocent civilians. This is completely irresponsible behavior from the USA government regarding the use of these weapons and sidelines itself in the international norms and treaties by forgetting the consequence of these weapons, which not only kill living beings but are disastrous for the environment. If the situation continues like that, this earth will not become a safer place anytime soon.

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Sand2007-05-23 08:29:01
Considering the general attitudes of the USA and other major governments towards armaments in general and nuclear weapons in particular the suggestion to divest of these life demolishing tools becomes merely a piece of black humor.

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