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Tag: nuclear weapons

March
25th

China should rein in North Korean lunacy

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

As the craziness emanating out of North Korea keeps ratcheting up, one almost longs for the good old days of the Cold War. At least then we knew our adversary and had a certain level of confidence that the Soviet Union had no interest in self-destruction – the inevitable result if it launched its ICBMs at us.

We can’t be so sure that’s the case with the hermit kingdom of Kim Jong Un, which in recent days has done some unusually bizarre things.

A month after North Korea’s third nuclear test, it said it would “exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack” on South Korea and the United States. Last week it posted a strange, militaristic video on its YouTube channel, titled Read more »

Jan.
10th

Tehran showing some welcome signs of desperation

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Iran has been much in the news the past few days and – as usual – not in a good way.

On Monday, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that the Islamic Republic had begun producing highly enriched uranium at an underground nuclear complex near its holy city, Qom.

The details are critical. To use uranium as fuel in a power plant, the percentage of its most volatile isotope must be raised to about 3.5 percent. Iran has been busy doing that for a long time, though its need for nuclear power

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Nov.
12th

Connect the dots: Iranian nukes and American cars

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

The ayatollahs lost the last shreds of plausible deniability Tuesday when the International Atomic Energy Agency documented Iran’s drive for nuclear missiles in damning detail.

Nuclear weapons in the hands of this extremist, unstable theocracy would be uniquely dangerous. Iran’s foreign policy consists of intimidating its Arab neighbors, spreading its revolutionary Shiite dogma, sponsoring terror attacks and destroying the state of Israel – which is capable of mounting a catastrophic nuclear pre-emptive strike.

This threat has a foundation deeper than Shiite radicalism. Follow the oil.

Without the intense global thirst for petroleum, Iran’s theocracy might have been gone the way of Moammar Gadhafi long ago.

The theocracy is funded chiefly by Iran’s oil sales. It uses that money to subsidize food and energy, and otherwise keep the Iranian people dependent on government largess.

Oil revenue pays for Iran’s military and for its “peaceful” nuclear program. And the ayatollahs use petroleum to insulate themselves against outside pressure.
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Dec.
14th

Who’s guarding the nukes at Kitsap-Bangor?

If only we lived in the world that Father Bichsel & Associates think we live in.

It’s a world where – but for misunderstandings and fears – lions would lie down with lambs. Dictatorships would be shamed into disarmament by the moral examples of noble nations. It’s not the world we share with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong Il, unfortunately – but wouldn’t it be nice?

Bill Bichsel, a Jesuit priest from Tacoma, has succeeded in getting himself incarcerated yet again – along with four others – for acts of civil disobedience at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, where naval nuclear weapons

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