by Joe Scarry
|House Majority Leader John Boehner and
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
It may be counterintuitive, but House Majority Leader John Boehner has actually done a good thing by inviting Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.
The biggest problem we face in the nuclear disarmament movement is getting people to pay attention to the nuclear threat. Well . . . people are paying attention now!
And they’ll keep paying attention, day after day, for the next month, as the Bibi Brouhaha plays out.
We often complain about how the mainstream media doesn’t give attention to the issues that really matter. (Underinflated footballs, anyone?) Well, for better or worse, this Netanyahu story is guaranteed to be in everyone’s face for weeks. (Hey, John Boehner is not one to cut his losses when he finds himself in the midst of a fiasco. Expect escalation.)
Netanyhu is coming to talk about nuclear weapons. Iran and nuclear weapons.
Our job? Take advantage of every development in the story to shine the light of day on the realnuclear weapons story. We need to stress that Iran + nukes is just a sideshow . . . hell, Israel + nukes is just a sideshow! . . . the main event is the U.S. and its nukes — and its failure (together with the other nuclear “haves”) to disarm.
The press and a large percentage of the public has already picked up on the fact that theostensible story — “Iran bad, Israel here to save US from disaster — with help of Republicans” — is a joke. The press and the public are already talking about the story behind the story . . . and the story behind that. So . . . it’s time for us to sweep in with the real story (and it’s a heavy one)!
The Bibi and Boehner Show is barreling full steam toward the spring Review Conference on the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT RevCon) and rapidly developing nuclear disarmament mobilization in the US and Europe. Towards the world’s anger at the U.S. for the nuclear threat it poses. For its broken promises. For its thermonuclear monarchy.
This story isn’t going away.
Let’s make hay while the sun shines.
Far too many people think that the NPT is about freezing the status quo, and preventing additional states from obtaining nuclear weapons. This is a fundamental misunderstanding. The NPT is based on a quid pro quo: nuclear “have-nots” agree to not acquire nuclear weapons, and nuclear “haves” agree to disarm.
2015 “No Nukes” Mobilizations planned in the US already include New York City in April, Nevada in March, and New Mexico in August.
In session after session of Congress, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) introduces a bill calling for nuclear disarmament. Here’s the summary of the version from the 2013-14 Congress (the 113th), known as “H.R.1650 – Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act of 2013”. What I’m wondering is: will Rep. Norton have the support of her colleagues in the Progressive Caucus?
The choices are: (a) take back the power currently held by our thermonuclear monarch; or (b) shut up and pray. Those are the only two choices, and everybody gets to choose where they stand. The people in Congress who won’t step up to either of them are a nothing but a bunch of putzes.