U.S. Wants More “Usable” Nuclear Weapons in Europe

The United States keeps nuclear weapons in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Turkey, in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which bans the transfer of nuclear weapons from a nuclear weapon state to a non-nuclear weapon state. Now, the U.S. wants to upgrade its nukes in Europe, to make them “precision” and “guided,” and therefore more likely to be used, even as tensions build between the United States and Russia.

The U.S. plans to deploy newly designed type B 61-12 nuclear bombs. Instead it should remove existing nuclear bombs. The NATO strategy of so-called “nuclear sharing” is a violation of Articles 1 and 2 of the NPT. Those provisions state that every party to the treaty promises “not to transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly, or indirectly” and also promises that every “non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes not to receive the transfer from any transferor whatsoever of nuclear weapons.”

The policy of placing U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe also violates local laws. For example, the German Parliament (the Bundestag) voted in March 2010, by a large majority, that the German Government should “press for the withdrawal of U.S. nuclear weapons from Germany.”

People in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, the United States, and elsewhere have signed this petition:

To: The Governments of Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Turkey

Do not upgrade the U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe. Remove them. People in the United States and around the world would support you in this.

INITIAL SIGNERS:
David Swanson
Norman Solomon
Alice Slater
Lindsey German
Hugo Lueders
Fabio D’Alessandro
Robert Fantina
Agneta Norberg
Toby Blome
Ann Suellentrop
Heinrich Buecker
David Krieger
Cynthia Cockburn
Helen Caldicott
Coleen Rowley
Ellen Thomas
Megan Rice

The petition will be delivered in each country. Before it is, please add your name.

The same petition in German is here.

6 Responses

  1. The nuclear weapons are the ultimate trump card, by desperate conquerors, regardless of whether the weapons are guided or sloppy. The ruling classes, mainly the American ruling class, are destroying our planet in many many ways, nuclear weapons being the ultimate. Every nation is supposed to become a client state under the US directorate or else. So these uber-wealthy can become even more paranoid, wealthy and more like the Saudi princes, ruling like feudal lords in the 21st century.

    All nuclear weapons must be destroyed. Who else has ever used one other than the US?

  2. If we have learned anything while observing human behavior and ever-escalating strife on our planet, it is that ever more efficient ways of killing each other is not the answer. While we as a species have evolved incredibly efficient technology, we have not evolved in heart, spirit or mind sufficiently to control our impulses to use our technology in irreversibly destructive ways. For these reasons, we have in moments of rationality, come to agreements such as the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The NPT bans the transfer of nuclear weapons from a nuclear weapon state to a non-nuclear weapon state, and this is the exact type of situation it was written for. We must respect its terms. We must not upgrade the U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe. We must remove them.

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