|The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
Wednesday, November 15, 2007
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|Only two percent of Iranian eighth graders are proficient in math and science.* This is very good news. If 98% of Iranians are stupid, that country’s chances of making a viable nuclear weapon seem slim to none. It takes more than oil revenues to make nukes, after all; just ask the Pakistanis. That backward and impoverished hell-hole of a nation, whose per capita GDP, at 132 in the world, ranks four places behind benighted Cote d’Ivoire, claims to have built a bomb or three. Of course its nuclear tests were inconclusive according to outside monitors. What the Pakistanis said was a genuine nuke was quite possibly a mere squib. If we’re all lucky, we’ll never know for certain.
But if the Pakistanis do have nukes, it’s thanks to us. Starting in the Carter years, we tacitly supported their bomb building program. With our usual foreign policy chops, we envisioned the Pakistanis as a reliable counterweight to Chinese, Russian, Iranian, and North Korean power. When Reagan toasted the Pakistani dictator Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq at a White House state dinner in 1982, the president said “We have cooperative programs in science and technology and in agriculture.” One of those technology programs involved a little quiet sharing of nuke bomb lore, as recounted in a new book called Deception by two correspondents for The Guardian, Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark.**
The Levy and Scott-Clark story gets better. Having helped the Pakistanis get the bomb with our cash and know-how, the Pakistanis returned the favor by disseminating bomb technology to, among others, the Iranians and the North Koreans. All the while the Pakistanis were supporting Bin Ladin and the Taliban against the Russians, again with our money, weapons, and blessings. When Bin Ladin and his allies repaid our generosity by murdering over three thousand of us on 9/11, the Pakistanis thoughtfully provided a safe haven for him on their northwestern frontier. Bin Ladin and his friends are there to this day, protected by the Pakistani secret service.
So we paid for a Pakistani nuke, paid no attention when Pakistan shared the wealth with the Iranians and the North Koreans, and raise no objections while the Pakistanis harbor our public enemy number one. Oh yes, and don’t forget that we’re handing the Pakistanis ten billion a year to buy weaponry from us, most of it intended to fight our ally and their mortal enemy, India. And now we threaten to bomb Iran and maybe North Korea too for building the weapons we helped them to develop. Even the Marx brothers would have rejected this script as simply too insanely dumb for human consumption, but then they were merely anarchic, not imbecilic.
Not the Bush administration. The president and his minions survey their handiwork and “approve”, as Bush told Fox sycophant David Asman when asked how’s it all going. Asman didn’t ask if it was smart to have spread nuclear technology to countries that wish us ill and to support the country that harbors our worst enemy in its own struggle against one of our best allies. But then Asman is not too smart himself. As for his interviewee – well, let’s put it this way. It’s possible that if he ever learns to pronounce the word, the world might take him seriously on “nuclear” matters. Unlikely though. For as the president once remarked, "If the Iranians were to have a nucular weapon they could proliferate."
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A NOTE TO READERS
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, nearly eight weeks. The reason: tech sabotage. Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire period. At one point, they even managed to lose all the files. In many discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming. No one seemed able to fix the problem. Ruling out the possibility of Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone since the beginning of March. A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer named Jason called. He had my letter before him. Though he couldn’t do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day. That was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first place.
The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo Geocities.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2007
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