Sunday, September 18, 2005

Summit Failure Blamed On US

By Mark Townsend in New York
*** On the surface, it does not seem to make sense.  But once the neocon mindset is thought through, it makes perfect sense.  If sensible steps were actually taken to prevent nuclear proliferation, there would be no need for unlateralism, pre-emptive wars ans thus the neocons themselves.  The neocons, working to re-establish cold world principles in a globalized world, seek to make themselves a new world order where there can persue world domination of the world's oil supply and other resources, under the guise of making the world "safe" for Americans.  The premise is as wrong as it is dangerous and will reap serious repercussions for the country into the future.  ~~~ KJG ~~~ 

The failure of last week's United Nations summit to deliver an agreement designed to prevent terrorists acquiring 'weapons of mass destruction' was sabotaged by the US, senior diplomats have told The Observer.

Officials involved in the negotiations have confirmed that the Bush administration's refusal to countenance any form of disarmament blocked attempts to push measures that would prevent regimes seeking to develop a nuclear capability.

It contradicts reports last week that the US had in fact been furious that plans to crack down on nuclear proliferation were stripped out of the final UN document.

However, diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity have revealed it was in fact President Bush who scuppered what the UN believed was a crucial move in helping make the world safer from the risk of terrorists obtaining a nuclear threat.

Sources reveal that the move has heightened further tensions between the Americans and furious UN officials who believe the issue remains the greatest threat to world peace. Kofi Annan, secretary-general of the UN, told world leaders that the decision to drop all references in the final UN text to disarmament was 'inexcusable', saying that 'weapons of mass destruction pose a grave danger to us all'.

Later, President Bush urged leaders to tackle regimes that 'pursue weapons of mass murder'.

The row comes as the US and Britain attempt to have Iran referred to the UN security council if it does not stop uranium enrichment.

One diplomat said the US refused to accept the 'logical premise' that it must engage in disarmament if it does not to want to encourage a 'new nuclear arms race'.

Mark Malloch Brown, Annan's chief of staff, said that that while progress on terror was positive, the fact no agreement had been made on nuclear weapons meant it was 'a hollow achievement'. Brown told The Observer: 'There is always going to be a terrorist who is going to try and use it [a nuclear weapon]'.

He added: 'More countries are bumping against the nuclear weapons ceiling. And at the same time we have a world energy crisis where countries are turning to nuclear energy as an alternative.'

© Guardian Newspapers Limited 2005



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