Oz Uranium sales: India, Russia and Iran
Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-08-17
Did you see Howard’s lop-sided smirk when mentioning safeguards for sales of Australian uranium to India? For the rest of the announcement he kept a very straight face, indicating his true opinion of the "safeguards".
He couldn’t even contain the smirk to a micro-expression!
Together with Howard’s plan to sell uranium to Russia, a state suffering rising totalitarianism (Putin likes the new official history texts that rehabilitate Stalin’s reputation as "mobilizing all classes"), a state where black-market availability of nuclear materials is notorious, you have to wonder whether Howard is actually egging on nuclear weapons proliferation and a pretext for Australia itself becoming a nuclear weapons power.
Howard’s credibility on non-proliferation is a Cheshire cat: everything is fading except for the smirk.
Meanwhile, Iran, is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and despite a few issues with IAEA inspections has stated it only intends peaceful use of nuclear technology. Compare and contrast non-signatory India, which makes no secret of its intentions to continue weapons research, or even Israel which has a significant nuclear arsenal (estimated at 200 warheads, the same number as the UK) and is another non-signatory, and allows no IAEA inspections at all.
In such company, Iran looks like Mr Nice Guy – yet is being treated as Mr Nasty.
The hypocrisy astounds me.