Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Pre-emptive nuclear strikes part of Pentagon plan

From the Greenpeace site:

What the document shows is how the threshold for actually using nuclear weapons has been lowered dramatically. For instance, the document seeks to justify pre-emptive nuclear strikes against nations (even those without nuclear weapons) which the US thinks might use chemical or biological weapons against US forces or allies. It also positions nuclear weapons as just another item in the military's box of tricks, even underscoring the importance of US troops being able to continue functioning in a highly irradiated battle zone.

In a chilling finale, "Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations" concludes that the United States is legally free to use nuclear weapons pre-emptively if it chooses, "no customary or conventional international law prohibits nations from employing nuclear weapons in armed conflict."

The document can be found here.

Will the Madness of King George turn the planet into an irradiated cinder? Stay tuned.


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