Wikileaks Exposes Cold War-style Diplomacy Over Nukes

29 Nov

The US along with Saudi Arabia and Israel have been pressing hard to halt Iran’s nuclear power program, they say, in fear of nuclear weapons. According to one cable, “King Hamad pointed to Iran as the source of much of the trouble in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He argued forcefully for taking action to terminate their nuclear program, by whatever means necessary. ‘That program must be stopped,’ he said. ‘The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it.'” Meanwhile, the US is bartering with Pakistan on transportation of enriched uranium as China and Russia seem to protect the interests of Iran, and the US itself debates whether or not to extend its nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia in the midst of North Korea’s bombing of South Korean territory.
In the ’50s, the US was in a nuclear arms race with Russia while China backed the North Korean assault on South Korea, and the US destabilized the democratically elected government of Iran (Mosaddegh) while undermining democracy throughout the Middle East in favor of oil interests.
Not much seems to have changed.
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The Guardian has a pretty extensive reporting of the latest Wikileaks. Click here for more.

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