There are good signs in the news today about the world coming to terms with other countries being nuclear powers. Â First, India is now able to buy supplies for its nuclear power plants on the open market.
Slashdot | India Joins Nuclear Market
figona brings news that India will be allowed to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). A waiver was approved yesterday that provided an exception to the requirements that India sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. This means India will be able to buy nuclear fuel from the world market and purchase reactors from the US, France, and Russia; something it has been unable to do since it began nuclear testing in 1974 (which inspired the creation of the NSG).Â
Second, there is news that Shimon Peres (the President if Isreal) opposes strikes against Iran. Â Peace with Iran is important if we are serious about responding to Russia’s invasion of Georgia. Â (This follows earlier news that America and Iran have seriously toned down their rhetoric).
Real grand strategy means prioritizing. Â Russia’s invasion of Georgia was a crime against peace more serious than anything since the 9/11 attacks or Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. Â Weakening Russia, strengthening the New Core around Russia, and absorbing Seam states on the frontier with Russia, are thus important goals of the United States. Â More important than enforcing dead-letter nuclear proliferation treaties, that would deny India and Iran nuclear power… and nuclear weapons.