Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Message to Japan Peace Conference

 

I was asked to send a message to the Japan Peace Conference that is being held today.  

Thanks to Regis Tremblay for taping my message and putting it up as a video.  

I tried to illustrate the key obstacles to nuclear disarmament - particulary the US-NATO military expansion essentially encircling Russia and China along with the steroidal deployments of Pentagon 'missile defense' systems that play a key role in US first-strike attack planning.

As long as Washington is pulling out of arms control treaties, refuses to negotiate a ban on weapons in space, and pushes forward with new technologies to 'control and dominate' space, then there won't be any real incentive for other nations to reduce (let alone get rid of) their nukes.

Many peaceniks around the globe are reluctant to call the US out for its aggressive and dangerous moves.  They like to create the impression that China and Russia are 'equally' responsible for the current raging arms race.  I don't quite see it that way.  

After 38 years of working on disarmament issues (with an emphasis on space) it is more than clear to me that the US has always been leading the pack to create new arms races and more war$.  

We must always ask the questions - who benefits? - who is really responsible? - who refuses to abide by international law and disarmament treaties?  

I think the answer to those fundamental questions is clear as a bell.

Bruce

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