Friday, May 07, 2010

Did Ahmedinejad say anything wrong about nuclear weapons?

By Badri Raina, ZNet, May 6, 2010

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Sauce for the Goose is not

Sauce for the Gander.

Unlike my friend, J. Sriraman, the reputed columnist, I am no expert on matters nuclear.

As a lay student of contemporary international history (where “contemporary” goes back , for purposes of this note, to the second world war), I agree with some six billion others that nuclear weapons are unacceptably evil in a usually acceptably evil world.

Everybody of course says so, including those who remain in control of the largest stockpiles.

Yet what stares you in the face is the unconscionable gap between the ethics of the issue which hardly anyone denies, and the record of performance through the decades.

And strikingly here, those that bear the most onus, even opprobrium, seem the most self-righteous.

Which is, after all, what the reviled President of Iran, Ahmedinejad, underscored in his recent appearance at a nuclear disarmament conclave in America.

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