The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA’s) 54th General Conference of Member States concluded yesterday, Friday September 24 2010, in Vienna. The member states of the (IAEA) voted on a draft resolution introduced by the Arab States calling for Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The United States and its major allies, the European States and some small western countries, who called for a Middle East free from “weapons of mass destruction”, allied themselves over the past three days by holding continuous meetings and gatherings outside the hall where the 54 IAEA General Conference was held at the UN headquarters in Vienna, in order to thwart the resolution introduced by the Arab States. Forty-six delegations voted in favor of the resolution, 51 against it and 23 others abstained from voting in the 151-member General Assembly of the IAEA. Click on the picture to see it bigger.
Last year 2009 the IAEA General Conference approved a similar resolution expressing concern at Israel’s nuclear capabilities. This year, many small countries, some in Latin America such as Costa Rica, Panama, Haiti, and others from the northern Europe, like Latvia, which had been absent from the meeting of 2009, also voted. Russia and China supported the resolution, which refers to the differences between the major powers on this issue.
The Arab representatives and ambassadors all said that Israel’s presumed nuclear arsenal threatens regional peace and stability. The Jewish state is the region’s only country outside the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The scene of the political gatherings held by the Europeans and their allies outside of the main conferenced in order to support Israel and thwart the Arab draft resolution confirms that there is a deep chasm between the West and the Middle East and it also showed the double standards implicit in the decisions of the block of Western countries when dealing with the issue of nuclear weapons in Israel, North Korea and Iran. Israel, which possesses a nuclear arsenal, pursues a policy of “nuclear ambiguity” and refuses to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty which could force them to renounce nuclear weapons.
The United States urged other states members of the IAEA to vote down the Arab-sponsored draft resolution. “Symbolically it is important to vote down this non-binding resolution” said the US representative to the IAEA, claiming that the vote in favor of the resolution “could disrupt a broader effort to ban such weapons in the Middle East” and sends a negative message to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which recently resumed. This “peace process” is merely one more show in the theater which legitimizes the israeli genocide and war crimes in Palestine and lengthens the occupation under sham “peace negotiations”.
The countries which voted in favor of the draft resolution introduced by Arab countries were: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The countries which voted against the draft were: Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Macedonia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
The abstaining countries were: Angola, Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, Holy See, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, Tanzania, Uruguay.
According to my sources, several smaller countries which are effectively colonies of the USA, were pressured by the USA “with monetary incentives” to vote against the adoption of the resolution introduced by the Arab countries.
After the draft introduced by the Arab countries was voted down, I asked a lady from one of the European delegations to comment on the the contradictory behavior of these countries which at once wanted “a middle-east free of nuclear weapons”, but at the same time rejected a resolution which would have had exactly that effect. This lady was obviously shocked that anybody could ask such a thing and she did not answer. More even, the IAEA press office spoke to me later, telling me that “my question had made its way around” and that the Europeans did not like my questions. He asked me which were my questions. I told him that I had just asked one question “the lady there” (pointing at her) about her comment on vote.
The more serious question which arises after the vote on this resolution is if Israel will at some time in the future use its nuclear weapons to attack the same European states which rejected the Arab-sponsored draft resolution calling on Israel to join the NPT last Friday. Asking this question, even thinking about it, is taboo for the regimes of the European Union and the western world, which are all led by pro-zionist politicians who often have double nationality and who obviously always adopt decisions of foreign policy concerning Israel which are favorable to israel but are gravely detrimental to the obvious interests of the countries which these politicians represent.
Israel, which in public speaks sweet and honey words to its European “allies”, at the same time teaches israeli children in kindergarten, primaries and later to hate and and seek revenge from Europe, where the “descendants of the Nazis” live, according to the language used school texts in Israel. Children are taught in one way or another to seek revenge from the European countries, and revenge this is only matter of time for Israel. Anybody who denies this should spend some days at the Israeli schools and watch the movies which the kids see in their childhood, which teach them that the whole world should “kneel before the feet of the Jews”, and generally speak with the people on the streets, letting them speak freely about their views about Europe.
Not only do children in israel learn to seek revenge against European nations since childhood, but there have already been open threats of nuclear attacks against “European Capitals” by a renowned israeli professor. In 2003, Martin van Creveld, a military theorist from israel, said during an interview with a hollandese journal: “… We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force.”
On the other hand, the General Conference ended by adopting resolutions to guide the Agency´s work in the coming year.
- Programme and Budget for 2011.
- Measures to Strengthen International Cooperation in Nuclear, Radiation, Transportation and Waste Safety.
- Nuclear Security, including Measures to Protect Against Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism.
- Strengthening the Agency´s Technical Cooperation Activities.
- Strengthening the Agency´s Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology and Applications.
- Strengthening the Effectiveness and Improving the Efficiency of the Safeguards System and Application of the Model Additional Protocol.
- Implementation of the NPT safeguards Agreement Between the Agency and the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea; and Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East.