Friday, October 07, 2005

Mohamed El Baradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. From what I have read and heard about him, it seems to be a worthy choice. El Baradei always has made sober and insightful assesments of nuclear proliferation. People ranging from Graham Allison (Former Secretary of Defense) to Noam Chomsky have favourably quoted him many times in books and interviews. This will be his third term at the IAEA. He opposed American entry into Iraq; predictably, the US administration was quite reluctant to support his renomination for a third term. I thing it's good that the IAEA got the prize. There's an important roadmap to be built to enforce the so-called three 'nos': No loose nukes, No new nuclear states, No new nukes. Provided the US and other countries comply and fund these activities in an honest manner, let's hope that in a few decades, even if we can't completely get rid of nuclear weapons, as Nobel Laureate Hans Bethe said, we will have a world with 'a few in the east, a few in the west, and a few in the middle'.


Blogger Nikhil K said...

Wonder how Baradei got Bush's approval? I still remember how US blackbaled Boutros Ghali's renomination.And El-Baradei hasn't been exactly pleasing the global cop lately with his neutral unbiased stance on Iraq.

3:28 AM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

For once, I think Bush's bullying did not work because Baradei has provided sensible wisdom many times, which has been quoted, certainly by democrats, but even by right wing officials in the administration. So except for the perpetually opposed neo-conservatives, I don't think Bush had an unambiguous vote of opposition to Baradei's renomination.

6:29 AM  

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