india nuclear deal passes in house
July 27, 2006
Nearly lost in the shuffle with all the Middle East news, yesterday the House of Representatives passed a resolution, by a vote of 359 to 68, to allow the Indian government access to American nuclear material and technology. This is greatly concerning to me, as India is not a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The Bush Administration and many in Congress feel that India’s rising status as a world power necessitates the cooperation demonstrated here, but it is deeply disingenuous of us to allow Indian nuclear activity while simultaneously attacking countries like Iran, which has signed the NPT, for their own nuclear programs.
The resources provided under this agreement will allow India to increase its stockpile of nuclear weapons (which they are free to do as they have not signed the NPT). India seems eager to prove itself as an important player in the region, but I fear that the escalation of nuclear arsenals can only lead to a “balance of terror” that is of benefit to no one. It’s mutually assured destruction all over again, but it shouldn’t be that way. We must not allow our desire for strong allies and “economic benefits” to overwhelm logic and reason, especially when dealing with such awesomely destructive devices.
–D. S. W.