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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-05-09 08:20 PM
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Obamas Youth Shaped His Nuclear-Free Vision

By WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER
Published: July 4, 2009

In the depths of the cold war, in 1983, a senior at Columbia University wrote in a campus newsmagazine, Sundial, about the vision of a nuclear free world. He railed against discussions of first- versus second-strike capabilities that suit the military-industrial interests with their billion-dollar erector sets, and agitated for the elimination of global arsenals holding tens of thousands of deadly warheads.

The student was Barack Obama, and he was clearly trying to sort out his thoughts. In the conclusion, he denounced the twisted logic of which we are a part today and praised student efforts to realize the possibility of a decent world. But his article, Breaking the War Mentality, which only recently has been rediscovered, said little about how to achieve the utopian dream.

Twenty-six years later, the author, in his new job as president of the United States, has begun pushing for new global rules, treaties and alliances that he insists can establish a nuclear-free world.

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All this is supposed to culminate, next year, in an American effort to rewrite crucial provisions of the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Mr. Obama wants to strengthen inspection provisions and close the loophole that makes it easy for countries to drop out, as North Korea did in 2003.

Each of those steps would require building a global consensus. It would also mean persuading countries to give up the coveted freedom to make fuel for reactors and instead, probably, buy it from an international fuel bank.

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Graphics: Obamas 1983 College Magazine Article, President Obamas Nuclear Agenda





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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-05-09 10:06 PM
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This is a very good article. I hope everyone takes the time to read it.

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