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April 10, 2009

The Economist: A World Without Nuclear Weapons


RT: Economist cover less impressive for mushroom cloud than Obama anti-nuke pledge. Maybe denial, but I can also see a tree.

Full text of Obama’s speech in Prague.

  • jtfromBC

    In 1958 after reading ‘Brighter Than A Thousand Suns – The Moral and Political History of the Atomic Scientists’ by Robert Jungk, I started marching and organizing against the bomb.
    With this in mind I studied Obama’s, antic – nuck pledge very closely. It was a magnificent speech. I vacillated between cynicism and paranoia as I heard The Big O echoing Zbigniew Brzezinski and thought *’the more things change the more they stay the same’. Thus your tree appears to me as a pawn in the:
    The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Brezinski Supports Obama’s Foreign Policy – 1:00
    Brzezinski: Obama’s Advisor
    Brzezinski to Jihadist: Your cause is right – 1:51
    *A proverb making the observation that turbulent changes do not affect reality on a deeper level other than to cement the status quo. – wiktionary

  • janinsanfran

    Guess the idea of reducing/doing away with nukes makes The Economist anxious — and they insist on sharing.

  • weisseharre


  • jtfromBC

    I think your comment is on target, did you see the photo which heads the article captioned, Peace, love and understanding, it shows Obama with a flower behind his ear, a ban the missile button on his lapel and includes these comments;
    The president told the crowd that al-Qaeda wanted to obtain a nuclear bomb and described the prospect of nuclear-armed terrorists as the “most immediate and extreme threat to global security”. This hawkish talk did not impress his audience, who reacted with silence.
    A plea from Mr Obama to “anchor” Turkey in Europe by pressing ahead with talks on admitting Turkey to the EU earned a public rebuke from Nicolas Sarkozy, who said that was a matter for members of the EU. In line with his country’s public opinion, he believes Turkey should never be given full membership of the European club.
    If the article had a background song, ‘If your going to San Francisciso .. would be fitting -
    In Central Europe, young people adopted “San Francisco” as an anthem for freedom, and it was widely played during Czechoslovakia’s 1968 Prague Spring uprising against Soviet rule.[citation needed] – wiki

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