Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Irony Of The US Outcry

North Korea are claiming they will be testing a long-range missile some time between December 10 to December 22 this year. And already the US government is close to acting like it is an act of war.

The Korean Central News Agency reported: "The December mission would 'fully comply' with relevant international regulations governing satellite launches. A safe flight path has been chosen so that parts of the carrier rocket that might fall during the launch process would not affect neighboring countries."

The US and its allies insist "the launches are disguised tests for an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying a nuclear warhead."

OK. I'll admit that North Korea is not the most stable of countries but why the big fuss? Let us not forget that the last attempt by North Korea was a dismal failure. And while we are not forgetting things where was the US and its allies in April this year?

Why April? Because India was launching Agni-V, a long-range ballistic missile, which the Defense Research Development Organization of India (DRDO) described as: "the first long-range intercontinental ballistic missile of India and is said to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The missile has a range of 5,000km."

No outcry from the US; or its allies. Which I am sure has nothing to do with where the funds for the Indian missile came from.

We have the same situation in Iran. The US with 2,150 active nuclear warheads is acting like Iran (who have not successfully manufactured one) is some sort of nuclear terrorist. So the US with its friend Israel whine on and on about Iran having a secret 'nuclear program'. Strange considering the US has conveniently forgotten that Israel has 80 active nuclear warheads; which they refuse to confirm.

So until the US, and its allies, get rid of all their nuclear weapons and missiles they may want to stop whining about countries playing catch-up to their nuclear arsenal. Guessing the phrase "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones or missiles" fits pretty well.

While I'm not condoning nuclear missiles it does seem somewhat ironic that a country with the largest nuclear warhead collection is worried that North Korea may be testing a missile and Iran may be developing a nuclear warhead.

All 3 countries (Iran, North Korea, United States) could do with forgetting all about nuclear weapons and spending the money elsewhere in their respective countries; where the money might be better put to use.

And as a positive note, which every post should try and end on, at least it will be tested at the latest by December 22. So no chance of Santa being shot out of the sky as he makes his way around the world.

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