"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Where is the Uproar?

Brazil joins the club:


In an inconspicuous article tucked away, quite rightly (if for a moment you excuse the real threat here, that of setting a country the size of Brazil on the road to nuclear dependency), on the Americas World page, we find out that Brazil has joined that "select group of countries" who have not faced military threats from the world's super powers in their search for a civilian nuclear programme.

Notice the language used:

"The government says that within a decade the country will be able to meet all its nuclear energy needs."

"Brazilian scientists insist their technology is superior to that of existing nuclear powers."

"Friday's opening at Resende is being hailed as a major step forward in Brazil's development and it comes amid renewed concerns about energy supplies in South America. "

Nuclear power will provide for Brazil's energy needs. Not only this, it will actually enrich scientific knowledge in the field. While at the same time relieving investors troubled by the state of popular movements in South America, specifically those that intend on bringing natural resources back to 'the state'.

This big step for Brazil's energy sector did not pass without incident though:

"Keen to protect its commercial secrets, Brazil was reluctant to give inspectors full access to its facilities and politically the negotiations were complicated by simultaneous concerns about Iran's nuclear plans.

But in the end Brazil and the IAEA agreed a system of safeguards to ensure that the new facilities would not be channelled into weapons production."

It is quite obvious, if you are not on the 'hitlist', the path to nuclear enlightenment has a relatively smooth surface.