Handshakes and Hypocrisy

Handshakes and Hypocrisy

On more than one occassion others have suggested that I should use more than just black and white cartoons and I have been hesitant to say the least. I have decided to incorporate a little more color into my cartoons. (I don't see myself branching out into anime anytime soon, sorry History Mike.)

Now then: If George Bush and his sychophants are curious as to why the people in the Middle East "hate us" I suggest they consider adding the Handshake Hypocrisy of the Bush administration as it seeks to expand the nuclear capabilities (ambitions?) of India. It should also be noted that while Bush seeks to deny Iran, a signatory of the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) their right to nuclear advancement, and that India is not a signatory of the NPT.

It is pretty obvious that a nation like Iran is supposed to be nuclear free while it is permissable preferred that India and Israel should not be incumbered by the limitations of the NPT. From all indications membership to the NPT doesn't have many priviledges. I suppose Iran can always opt out of the NPT, and go rouge like their neighbors India, Israel, and Pakistan.

Update: Here are a couple of articles for your consideration. The first is from The Frontier Post, Pakistan, and the second from Der Spiegel, Germany. Thanks, Watching America.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

After the US-India nuclear negotiations, I would not be surprised if countries start withdrawing en masse from the NPT. The treaty appears to benefit only the interests of those already holding nuclear weapons. Only those countries get to decide when and which country can buy that technology and what companies profit in aiding the nuclear proliferation. It’s hard to see what countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and elsewhere gain in exchange for subordinating part of their sovereignty to the international rules of the NPT. The logic for the treaty was sound and very likely the treaty slowed or dissuaded countries from acquiring nuclear weapons. But now that the US based on its own geopolitical and economic needs has moved forward to make exceptions to what was a collective agreement, other countries may just resign from the treaty altogether. The NPT treaty may have been weak before, but now it seems to be heading for the trash bin.

3/05/2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger M A F said...

Thanks for the comments Anon. I find it rather hypocritical that on one hand Bush wants Iran to adhere to its international treaties while the US ignores them. I agree that should the Senate vote in favor of the US/India nuclear deal that the NPT will go the way of the memoryhole.

3/05/2006 9:43 PM  
Blogger Subcomandante Bob said...

Deadly accurate, Mac.

It's fine for India to possess WMD, maybe not such a good idea for Pakistan, and REALLY BAD if Iran has them.

3/06/2006 11:04 AM  
Blogger Andrew of Arabia said...

I don't know that it's fair to lump India, the world's largest democracy, in with the rogue regime of Iran and the despotic regime of Pakistan. India certainly is not a signatory of the NPT AND they are a nuclear state, but nothing can force that genie back into the bottle. Relations between the US and India have been troubled for decades as a result of this political stumbling block. By making a deal with India, the US is merely acknowledging the status quo and gaining a potential ally in the campaign to prevent the mullahs from nuclear-izing. There are more specifics in this posting in case you were interested:

"Our Friends in New Delhi"

BTW, great job on the cartoons!

3/08/2006 5:46 PM  
Blogger M A F said...

Andrew, the comparison is used to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the US government. India like Israel are not signatories and yet they are never mentioned with the US discusses making the Middle East nuclear free.

Note the subsequent post regarding why Bush is interested in building up India.

3/09/2006 10:36 PM  

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