Good Nuke/Bad Nuke: The Rules
Rule 1: If you know that a country which is allied to the UK/US government has a nuclear weapons programme or has developed nuclear weapons…..say NOTHING!
In 1986, an Israeli Nuclear Technician called Mordechai Vanunu blew the nuclear whistle on Israel’s clandestine nuclear arsenal. Mordechai had worked in various roles at the Negev Nuclear Research Centre, located in the Negev Desert in southern Israel since 1976. Israel had been maintain its policy of ‘deliberate ambiguity’ since the 1960’s, neither coming out of the closet or entirely closing the door on the possibility that it had nukes.
Mordechai took pictures in secret of the plants activity and following being laid off from the plant and converting to Christianity took himself to London to share his secrets with the Sunday Times and the Sunday Mirror.
After Robert Maxwell, then editor of the Mirror allegedly reported the talks with Vanunu to Israel, a quite remarkable act of extraordinary rendition (that’s KIDNAP to you and I folks) took place. A Mossad (Israel’s secret service) agent named Cheryl Bentov, posing as an American Tourist, made friends with Mordechai Vanunu and invited him to join her on holiday in Italy. The accepted reasoning for this was that Israel did not want to sour things with then UKPM Thatcher by poaching Vanunu from British soil. So, while Vanunu was enjoying the sights in Italy he was drugged and lugged back to Israel whereupon he was tried in SECRET for treason and espionage, imprisoned in solitary confinement for over a decade and imprisoned for 18 years finally released in 2004.
Now, one would think this story bad enough already, but the restriction placed on Vanunu’s freedom were myriad and manifest, from draconian travel restrictions and limits to his freedom of speech and interaction which have seen him arrested tens of times in the intervening 6 years, including twice on separate Christmas Eves and continued house arrest and periods of incarceration for simply moving around the country and speaking to people.
Find out more and express your support for Mordechai (a.k.a. John Crossman) athttp://www.vanunu.com/
There has been a predictably flaccid international response at governmental level on this issue. Salutes and aplomb go out to Amnesty International and other organisations for keeping this story alive over the decade and campaigning past the point of exhaustion for the right of one man to live his life, unfettered.
Rule 2: If you know that a country which is NOT allied to the UK/US government has a pathetic nuclear weapons programme and has NOT developed nuclear weapons…..say NOTHING!
Dr Imad Khadduri, a senior former Iraqi Nuclear scientist who was instrumental in Iraq’s weapons programme has spent a number of years campaigning to get the attention of the UK Government and the US government to hear that Iraq had no weapons. He has published no less than NINE articles on the subject both pre and post the Iraq invasion beseeching the ‘allies’ to see sense and stop mobilising for war. Khadduri has been ignored.
Ditto senior scientific advisor to the Iraqi government Amer al-Saadi who, upon giving himself over to American troops in Iraq said “Iraq does not have chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction. I have nothing to hide. Time will bear me out.”
Ditto Hans Blix, and Nobel Prize winner Mohammed ElBaradei. Oh and the whole International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Rule 3: If you know that a country which is NOT allied to the UK/US government has a pathetic nuclear weapons programme and has NOT developed nuclear weapons…..MAKE SOMETHING UP!
Khidhir Hamza, the self proclaimed ‘Iraqi Bomb Maker’ is the epitome of the opportunistic inauthentic whistle blower, and had a quite different ‘whistle blowing’ experience. Khidir spent a short time working on the Iraqi weapons programme in 1987 before being fired for petty theft. He later moved into lecturing at college and some stock market wrangling. He then fabricated documents indicating that Iraq was hell bent on nuking the world and released them to….The Sunday Times! The Sunday Times promptly went to the IAEA but decided NOT to report the IAEAs findings that the documents were ‘not authentic’.
Following this, Hamza became a media darling all over the US and UK media as the expert who knew. He later went onto be flown into Iraq with the American forces to counsel on nuclear sites and work with the CPA (Coalition Provisional Authority) in Iraq to ‘handle’ nuclear scientists and engineers – note by handle I mean that while some have had their passports removed to stop them leaving Iraq, others have been interned for their trouble.
He lives his life, unmolested, free and financially well catered for….
To see an ‘of the moment’ CNN story of Hamza in 2001, please go to:http://edition.cnn.com/2001/COMMUNITY/10/22/hamza.cnna/
There you go, the 3 golden rules of Good Nuke/Bad Nuke explained.
In conclusion, it is not an act of political naivety to request that one’s government have a principal and stick to it. Either the proliferation of nuclear weapons is wrong, or it is not. The mainstream media and governmental response to this appears to be: It is when it is and it isn’t when it isn’t.
And so we go on…Good Nuke..Bad Nuke