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President Obama's Nuclear Double Standards

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When President Obama says that the United States will never use nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear nation that has signed and abided by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, he is implying that the US reserves the right to use nuclear weapons against nuclear states in addition to Iran (since Iran is seen as being in violation of the NPT). President Obama has made a habit of greeting the Iranians at the start of the Zoroastrian New Year (aka Nowruz).

When he essentially threatens them with nuclear weapons, this does not help his efforts at reaching out to the Iranians. If Iran ever gets nuked, it will not just be the conservatives or the fundamentalists that get nuked. It will be all Iranians including the liberals and reformists. If President Obama is serious about building better relations with Iran, then he must stop threatening to nuke it. Although he did not actually say he would nuke it, implying it is just as good as saying it.

President Obama, last year, called for a new beginning with Muslim communities around the world. A new beginning based on mutual interests and mutual respect. And now he had threatened to nuke Pakistan, a country with a nuclear arsenal and the third largest Muslim population in the world. If you are a person living in Iran or Pakistan, it is hard to trust Barack Obama since he says one thing and does another. At times, he says one thing and then says another thing.

He says he wants to build better relations with Iran and Pakistan, and then he proceeds to threaten to annihilate millions of Iranians and Pakistanis. He claims to respect Muslims, but he has no moral qualms about murdering hundreds of innocent Muslims in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. He claims to stand for civilization against the barbarism of al Qaida. But there is nothing more barbaric than developing nuclear weapons. There is nothing more barbaric than possessing nuclear weapons. There is nothing more barbaric than threatening to use nuclear weapons thereby taking millions of innocent lives.

President Obama must let go of the hypocrisy. If he wants to stand for civilization, then he must walk the talk. Dismantle America's nuclear arsenal. Dismantle the US military-industrial complex. Dismantle the American Empire. If he chooses to do none of these things, then he must cease and desist from talking about al Qaida's 'vicious ideology' that 'distorts a great religion.' President Obama's vicious ideology of American global supremacy and American militarism is no more civilized than al Qaida's vicious ideology that distorts a great religion.

 

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