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Iran nuclear deal – nuclear weapon states must not be calling Iran a ‘terrorist nation’

The Editor, The Sunday Star-Times, Auckland

14 May, 2018

Dear Editor:

The hypocrisy of the USA and Israel is staggering in their attitude toward the Iran nuclear deal. To singularly use language like ‘terrorist nation’ covers up fundamental nuclear weapon realities. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Evil intent” a careless and provocative comment

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

27 April, 2017

Dear Editor:

In referring to North Korea one should be careful of the words one is tempted to use as they might apply to other circumstances as well. Jerry Brownlee’s “evil intent” comment is careless in that way.  Read the rest of this entry »


Key was never more than a front man.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

07 December, 2016

Dear Editor:

John Key lasted a year longer than I expected; I’ll give him that. But his demise goes back two years to the 2014 election and the stoush that followed from Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, out of which Judith Collins was sent to the bench for a while. Read the rest of this entry »


Response to Gordon Campbell’s article on Trump

Appropriate to mention that Trump asked in a military briefing why he couldn’t use nuclear weapons. Does he not know that military and nuclear strategists have long put forth the ‘nuclear deterrence’ theory?  He should have known that would be the response.  There is some (probably unintended) honesty about his question as there is no such thing as ‘nuclear deterrence’; that is just a figment of a collective insanity.  But he is surely serious about using them.  Ever since the end of the cold war it has been universally understood that there is no reason to have them except to use them.

So where would he use them? North Korea? It’s hard for me to guess.  If the use offends or threatens some large nuclear power, such as China or Russia, it would not surprize to see them respond with a nuclear blast somewhere.  The target?  Likely some country out of the way, small, and an ally of the USA.  Oh, and just for good measure, an anti-nuclear country; nuclear nations see anti-nuclear as a threat.  Just a thought.

(addendum 12/11/16)

Gordon,
Good of you to remind us that Trump is willing to encourage other countries to develop nuclear weapons.  Would that become another export industry?  Does this display a lack of understanding of the destructiveness of a nuclear weapon?  Or is it a sign of suicidal tendencies?  More the latter I think.
Those who see that the global economy is dominated by profiteers who benefit from perpetual war are not wrong.  But that misses the discussion of the larger cultural/historical flow and the point which is coming to a zenith today.  I think we all know what that big picture is but we are almost universally terrified of discussing it.


Warship visit presents challenge to ‘nuclear free’

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

20 June, 2016

Dear Editor:

That the USA is now willing to bring a warship to New Zealand on the terms of the current NZ nuclear free legislation presents a new challenge. Read the rest of this entry »


Warship visit a challenge to nuclear free committment

The Editor

The Dominion Post,  Wellington,  12 June, 2016

Dear Editor:

The nuclear free legislation of 1987 was never complete. To deny entry of nuclear armed and powered warships was a great start; there is no such thing as ‘nuclear deterrence’ which is just a figment of a collective insanity.   Read the rest of this entry »


Earthquakes and Nuclear Bombs?

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

26 April, 2016

Dear Editor:

H. Westfold’s (21 April) seemingly silly attempt to equate the nature of responses to the threats of earthquakes and nuclear bombs reminds me of a quote from historian Will Durant (The Story of Civilisation, 13 volumes), “Civilisation exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice”. Read the rest of this entry »