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Yesterday I got an email from the British government

March 15, 2007

It was a response to a petition I signed on Tony Blair’s website, calling for a commitment to nuclear non-proliferation (NPT), rather than spending £20-odd billion on upgrading Trident.

You can read the full text here, but this is the important bit:

We believe the NPT continues to offer the best hope of achieving the goal we all share – a world free from nuclear weapons. But deciding to maintain our deterrent is completely consistent with the NPT, and will not stop us playing a leading role in international efforts on non-proliferation and disarmament.

It makes me so angry when people misuse language like this to hide the truth. I wrote back to them:

To whom it may concern:

This is absolute rubbish, lies and spin. You either support nuclear non-proliferation, or you invest in nuclear weapons. To have it both ways is a contradiction in terms, rather like what one proverbially does to promote virginity.

By investing massive amounts of public money in weapons of mass destruction you are committing Britain to a path of conflict rather than consensus-building. Britain cannot hold itself up to the world as an example when it champions the use of anachronistic weapons systems that quite frankly threaten the life of the entire planet.

The world is in a highly unstable nuclear ‘Mexican stand-off’, with a host of madmen holding loaded guns to each others’ heads. The only sensible response is to de-escalate the situation, not buy bigger guns and tie up massive amounts of human and material resources in the technology of death.

Shame on you.

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