If Israel has nukes, why can’t the rest?


10/26/2005 3:00:00 PM GMT

The U.S. adopts a biased stance towards countries who possess or seek nuclear technology or weapons, allowing states like Israel, India to proceed without any interference, although they failed to fulfill their commitments under the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), while it piles the pressure on and fights others like Iran, Iraq (before toppling Saddam Hussein) and North Korea for them not to have nukes.

Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea has recently stated it won’t accept nor allow the U.S.’s double standards in dealing with nuclear equipped countries, according to a Korean Times report that also stated that there will only be the prospect of settling the nuclear issue when the United States abandons prejudiced double standards, as North Korea demands.

The United States turns a blind eye to the nuclear threat posed by Israel, a country believed to have the most advanced nuclear weapons program in the Middle East, while it pressures other countries like Iran to abandon its nuclear program or face a grim future under possible sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council if it managed to lobby international support against the Islamic republic.

Prime Minister David Ben Gurion established Israel’s nuclear program, centered at the Negev Nuclear Research Center, in the late 1950s, claiming it’s become essential to meet the mounting threat the Jewish State faces from its neighbours.

Israel's possession of nuclear program that has approximately 100-200 nuclear explosive devices, together with its policy of declaratory ambiguity stand as the core of instability and tension that has plagued the Middle East region.

Last year Israel accepted a visit from International Atomic Energy Agency director Mohamed ElBaradei, yet asserting it will never consider dropping nuclear arms (although it doesn’t admit to that either) only after a comprehensive Middle Eastern peace is obtained. It also rejected to give the international inspectors access to its Dimona nuclear complex.

Washington aided Israel in acquiring nuclear weapons, and ignored Japan’s; knowing it’s stockpiling plutonium beyond what it actually needs so as to emerge as a nuclear power.

But America’s double standards regarding nuclear weapons have become even more blatant; permitting countries that are non-signatories of the NPT to have nuclear programs if they transfer their nuclear technology to the United States- It seems that Washington’s stance from nuclear armed countries has become dependant on whether a country is or is not its ally.

Another example of America’s biased approach regarding the nuclear issue, is its stance towards Korean Peninsula.

North Korea demands America to adopt measures to treat it as it does other non-NPT signatories that possess nuclear weapons. It seems threatening Washington indirectly that if it insisted on its policy of double standards and ignored N. Korea’s demands, the result will paralyze the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime and disturb global stability.