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Feb
2005

Knocking on the Nuclear Door

by Lynda Hurst

Published on Sunday, February 20, 2005 by the Toronto Star also on Common Dreams web site

In 1992, in the warm glow of the Cold War's end, the United States stopped making and testing nuclear arms, halting its arsenal at 10,000 warheads and pledging to cut back further still.

Four years later, it was the first country to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban treaty. But though committed to it in principle — certainly in regard to other nations — the U.S. wanted to keep its options open and, in 1999, to universal dismay, refused to ratify the treaty.

What happened on 9/11 could mean America never will ratify — or not, at least, while President George W. Bush holds office and the Republicans hold Congress... read the rest at:
//tinyurl.com/6ozxj or //www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0220-01.htm

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