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Hague’s radioactive hypocrisy over Iran’s nuclear programme

Issue No. 2291

Tory foreign minister William Hague says the world faces “the most serious round of nuclear proliferation since nuclear weapons were invented”.

He had worked himself up into a lather about Iran’s nuclear programme.

This poses such a threat, Hague declared, that “all options must remain on the table”.

That includes the “option” of a military attack by the West.

But if Hague is so concerned about “a new cold war in the Middle East”, why didn’t he mention the one Middle East country that has nuclear weapons—Israel?

If the West wants to reverse nuclear escalation in the region, the logical thing to do would be to pressure Israel into dismantling its atomic stockpile.

And what about the nuclear weapons held by the West itself?

Britain and the US could get the disarmament ball rolling—but despite various promises over the years, they don’t.

In fact, on the same day Hague was ranting about Iran, David Cameron signed a deal with French president Nicolas Sarkozy to expand “civil” nuclear power.

But this would not exist without ties to, and subsidies from, military nuclear power.

Imperialism is the real cause of “destabilisation” in the Middle East. Britain, France, Israel and the US are at the heart of the problem—and they will never be part of the solution.

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What We Think
Tue 21 Feb 2012, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2291
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