the problem: signal effect

Whatever the US – the “beacon of modern democracy” – does – will be copied by others.

If Trump quits the climate treaty – others will too.

The same could happen with “low-yield nuclear weapons” – if the US is okay with threatening other countries with “mini nukes” – other countries might say – “okay – it’s juts fair if we do that too” – further increasing tensions.

If one thing is for sure: more weapons NEVER made the world a safer place – exactly the opposite.

US-President Wilson (1913 – 1921) already knew:

“When I spoke of the Kaiser building up the German (war) machine as a means of maintaining peace, he said, “What a foolish thing it was to create a powder magazine (build and buy a lot of weapons) and risk someone’s dropping a spark into it!”

But this is exactly what a lot of countries like the US do and it can not be criticized enough.

 

 

Russia Has Restarted Low-Yield Nuclear Tests, U.S. Believes

“The world is more dangerous without the #INF Treaty. But it will not be safer if we reheat the threats from the Cold War. Intermediate-range nuclear missiles must not become a bargaining chip. Must negotiate how we can bring arms control into the 21st century. save.”

(Heiko Maas German Minister of Foreign Affairs on Twitter)

Accroding to the DemocracyNow! interview Russia already has low-yield nuclear weapons while Iran is currently free to develop nuclear weapons – in secret – just as Israel did in the past. (the US did not want Israel to have nuclear weapons – but they just developed them in secrecy and now it seems to be an accepted fact).

“The Federation of American Scientists revealed in late January that the U.S. Navy had deployed for the first time a submarine armed with a low-yield Trident nuclear warhead.

The USS Tennessee (SSBN-734)  deployed from Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia in late 2019.

The nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734), a mooring party on deck and its bridge crew atop the sail, approaches its new home port, Naval Submarine Base, King’s Bay, Georgia, for the first time.

The W76-2 warhead, which is facing criticism at home and abroad, is estimated to have about a third of the explosive power of the atomic bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) called the news “an alarming development that heightens the risk of nuclear war.”

(especially if Mad Dog Trump gets re-ellected)

We’re joined by William Arkin, longtime reporter focused on military and nuclear policy, author of numerous books, including “Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.”

He broke the story about the deployment of the new low-yield nuclear weapon in an article he co-wrote for Federation of American Scientists.

He also recently wrote a cover piece for Newsweek titled

“With a New Weapon in Donald Trump’s Hands, the Iran Crisis Risks Going Nuclear.”

source: https://www.democracynow.org/2020/2/7/us_new_low_yield_nuclear_weapons

what to do: spread the word – nuclear weapons are no good investments

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US Stands By the Chemical Weapons Convention

While the Trump Administration has retreated from negotiated arms control agreements in many areas ranging from nuclear weapons to anti-personnel landmines, the US is still committed to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which generally prohibits the production and use of chemical weapons.

https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2020/02/cwc-ag-cert/

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