Saturday, February 10, 2007

Putin: US Makes Others Want Nukes

President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, pointed out the obvious today and stated that US actions abroad push other countries to pursue nukes:

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday blamed U.S. policy for inciting other countries to seek nuclear weapons to defend themselves from an "almost uncontained use of military force."

"Unilateral, illegitimate actions have not solved a single problem, they have become a hotbed of further conflicts," Putin said at the Munich Conference on Security Policy, an annual forum attracting senior officials from around the world.

"One state, the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way."

But Putin said it was "the almost uncontained hyper-use of force in international relations" that was forcing countries opposed to Washington to seek to build up nuclear arsenals.

"It is a world of one master, one sovereign. ... It has nothing to do with democracy. This is nourishing the wish of countries to get nuclear weapons," he said.

"This is very dangerous. Nobody feels secure anymore because nobody can hide behind international law," Putin told the gathering.

Hooray for Putin! He is being honest, thank God. I think that more world leaders need to call a spade a spade. Predictably, the White House denied the truth:

The Bush administration said it was "surprised and disappointed" by Putin's remarks.

"His accusations are wrong," said Gordon Johndroe, President Bush's national security spokesman.

The good news is that nobody in the world believes a word Bush says, except for the Republicans and Conservatives within the US. The more the rest of the world speaks out, the more that Americans themselves will realize that they created within their borders the very monster that they want to fight.


Andrew said...

Putin is pretty much saying, "Openly cross the border into Iran and you'll be provoking WWIII."

doinkicarus said...

Yeah. Basic game theory supports this. Both countries would prefer that neither country possess nuclear arms. But both countries think or fear that the other country wants them, so they build their own "as a deterrent." So they fall victim to the prisoners' dilemma.

Or the more cynical me, would say: Both countries want nukes to help pursue their own machinations, so they devise the "deterrent" story to preach to the public.