Scotland against nuclear weapons


Anti Trident demonstrationFrom British daily The Morning Star:

A personal affront

(Thursday 21 December 2006)

OF all the peace activists in Britain, the Scots are the ones who seem to take Trident most personally.

And it’s no wonder, since the British government has chosen to plant the obscene monstrosities slap bang in the middle of their backyard, thus making Scotland a prime target in time of war and a sitting duck for any terrorist attacks that might be planned, not to mention the far more likely event of a nuclear accident.

So it is no surprise that Edinburgh CND, on behalf of all those involved in Scotland’s Long Walk for Peace, has lobbied the Scottish Parliament to make the point that Scotland doesn’t want nukes.

“We desire,” they say, “that Scotland be known for its contribution to international peace and justice, rather than being a launch pad for waging war” and who could disagree with those sentiments?

History of CND: here.

Against Trident: here. And here.

Proposal to tax Trident: here.

Against US nuclear weapons in Volkel in The Netherlands here.

Japanese mural against nuclear weapons: here.

Nuclear victims of Bikini here.

Scottish author James Barke: here. And here.

5 thoughts on “Scotland against nuclear weapons

  1. From Dear Kitty ModBlog Google cache.

    7/17/05 at 11:47PM

    Mood: Radiant Playing: War, by Edwin Starr

    Nuclear convoy could explode, admits MoD

    By Rob Edwards, Environment Correspondent [Sunday Herald]

    TRIDENT warheads carried regularly by road to the Clyde naval base [Faslane] could explode if they are involved in a major crash, an internal Ministry of Defence report reveals.

    The report – which seems to contradict previous MoD assurances on safety – states that the warheads’ key safety feature could be disabled by a plane crash or vehicle pile-up.

    In the worst-case scenario, this could trigger a nuclear explosion, unleashing a burst of lethal radiation .

    Defence ministers and MoD officials have repeatedly insisted that such an accident is impossible.

    And last week an MoD spokesman claimed its own report was mistaken, saying that an explosion could be ruled out because the warheads were not armed.

    The MoD stance was dismissed by Jane Tallents from Nukewatch Scotland, a group which monitors nuclear weapons convoys.

    “We have been misled,” she said.

    “The prospect of a nuclear bomb accidentally exploding while it is being transported through Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling or anywhere else is too horrific to contemplate.

    The only safe option is to dismantle every warhead.”

    Convoys of nuclear weapons travel about six times a year between the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Burghfield in Berkshire and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport on Loch Long.

    According to the MoD, they pass through 21 local authorities in Scotland.

    The safety of the convoys, which involve more than six vehicles, has been assessed by the MoD’s directorate of nuclear movements and nuclear accident response group.

    In a report dated December 16, 2004, it said there is a risk of an “inadvertent yield” from a nuclear explosion.

    This could result in huge radiation doses to members of the public of between one and 10 sieverts, it says.

    According to the government’s Health Protection Agency, doses of more than four sieverts can cause acute radiation poisoning and death within days.

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  2. Revealed: Blair to upgrade Britain’s nuclear weapons

    PM secretly signs up to new deterrent as UN tries to cut global threat

    By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor

    02 May 2005 [The Independent]

    Tony Blair has secretly decided that Britain will build a new generation of nuclear deterrent to replace the ageing Trident submarine fleet at a cost of more than £10bn – a move certain to dismay thousands of Labour Party loyalists in the approach to polling day.

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  3. News Line : Editorial
    Editorial: Monday June 6 2005
    RUMSFELD RAVES ABOUT NUCLEAR ‘BUNKER BOMBS’

    THE US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has defended, at an Asia-Pacific conference of regional defence ministers and military chiefs, the US drive to develop nuclear ‘bunker busting’ bombs.

    He rejected charges that the US was practicing ‘hypocrisy’, because at the same time as it is going all out to develop its nuclear arsenal, it is heaping abuse on North Korea for seeking to develop its own nuclear arsenal.

    Rumsfeld railed that ‘Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions threaten the security and stability of the region, and indeed the world’, and said of those who were accusing the US of ‘hypocrisy’: ‘I’d find the discussion amusing if it didn’t worry so many people.’

    The arch-cynic Rumsfeld continued to present the development of US nuclear bunker busting bombs as a humanitarian measure being carried out by the US to spare civilian populations.

    He said: ‘People are now manufacturing, developing, testing, storing, deploying military capabilities underground in ways that are very difficult for anyone to access.’

    Rumsfeld said penetrating these underground areas using conventional arms ‘doesn’t work’, which left the United States, under current arrangements, with only the ‘very unattractive option’ of using very large nuclear weapons.

    In fact, using the very same methods that Rumsfeld described, US allies such as Israel have built up a stock of over 200 nuclear bombs, plus a stockpile of various weapons of mass destruction, all without even a murmur of disapproval from the United States.

    Rumsfeld and the US administration are not hypocrites. As imperialist politicians they are simply working according to their basic law on nuclear matters. This is, that while it is perfectly legitimate for their allies, Israel, Pakistan and India, to acquire nuclear weapons and the missile systems to deliver them, it is a heinous act, endangering human life on the planet Earth, if any of the states that the US is currently threatening, North Korea, Belarus, or Iran, develops a single nuclear device or even aspires to develop nuclear energy programmes.

    There is a concrete example of the operation of this rule. The US pursued Iraq, under the leadership of Saddam Hussein, for allegedly having a nuclear weapons programme, which it didn’t.

    This was at the same time as Pakistani nuclear scientists were selling nuclear secrets to North Korea and Libya, without US interference.

    In fact, Saddam was offered nuclear material by the US’s Pakistani allies, and refused it. Iraq was nevertheless invaded and economically destroyed.

    Pakistan was allowed to retain its nuclear arsenal and its nuclear salesmen were put under house arrest.

    There is one law for the imperialist powers and their allies and quite another for their enemies.

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  4. LONDON Sep 1, 2005 — Joseph Rotblat, the only scientist to resign from the Manhattan Project and who later received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to rid the world of atomic weapons, has died at the age of 96, his spokesman said Thursday.

    Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, the group he founded to promote nuclear disarmament, received the prestigious prize in 1995.

    Rotblat, who was born in Warsaw, died peacefully in his sleep in London on Wednesday night, the group said.

    Source: ABC

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