Pakistan Elections Cannot Be Ignored – Plutonium Watch
Posted by bosskitty on June 21, 2007
ABC Blotter: Elizabeth Sprague Reports: June 21, 2007 10:51 AM
A satellite photograph obtained by ABC News reveals Pakistan is nearing completion of a third, previously unknown plutonium production reactor, suggesting Pakistan may be planning to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal.
“With large stocks of plutonium, Pakistan can build a new generation of lighter, more powerful weapons that can more easily be launched via missiles and can cause far more damage,” said David Albright, the president of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), which, along with DigitalGlobe, provided the satellite image to ABC News.
The existing reactor at Khushab is known to produce plutonium for Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program.
Pakistan has not signed the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). It is one of only three states to opt out of the international treaty designed to promote cooperation in achieving nuclear disarmament and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. India and Israel are the other two.
“With large stocks of plutonium, Pakistan can build a new generation of lighter, more powerful weapons that can more easily be launched via missiles and can cause far more damage,” said David Albright, the president of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS).
Experts estimate Pakistan has already built about 60 nuclear weapons.
So, what kind of deal did Cheney really make with Musharraf? You know that our administration is fully aware that Pakistan is escalating nuclear prowess. Pakistan is not a member of THE NON-PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS TREATY( NPT ). Yet, America insists that everyone else sign on to the United Nations treaty. Especially Iran.
NY Times Editorial calls Pres Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, Muslim world’s most powerful military dictator, and says Bush administration must begin to distance itself from him; says that would encourage civic-minded Pakistanis to step up pressure for free national elections.
“These extremists who can’t stand the thought of a moderate leader leading an important country like Pakistan want to kill the president. That should say things to the people of Pakistan and the people of America, that because he has been a strong, forceful leader, he has become a target of those who can’t stand the thought of moderation prevailing.
I admire your leadership.”
MUSHARRAF: “Thank you.”
BUSH: “I admire your courage. And I thank you very much for working on common strategies to protect our respective peoples.
….. I want to remind the people of Pakistan and the people of America that because of the good work of our intelligence forces and Pakistani intelligence forces, as we helped people in the United Kingdom, we prevented the loss of innocent life.”
Where are THESE headlines?