pdf available In this month’s Peace and Justice News, we turn, not for the first time, and probably not for the last, to the issue of nuclear weapons, a cause celebre of the Peace and Justice Centre. It is a particularly pertinent question at this time, when barely a day goes by when we do not hear the phrase ‘nuclear weapons’ in the news, whether related to the potential policy change of the Scottish Nationalist Party, or the warmongering clamour of those who claim Iran is seeking the means to launch a nuclear attack.
We approach the question of nuclear weapons from a number of angles in this edition. We begin with a discussion of Scotland’s position on nuclear weapons; whilst encouraging the SNP to stick with its longstanding anti-nuclear weapons stance, Jane Talent
s considers how the decision to disarm Scotland may be as much in NATO’s hands as in Holyrood’s.
Next we consider what role the hugely important but often overlooked Treaty on the Non-Prolif
clear ambiguity of Iran and Israel, where she considers the blatant hypocrisy of the International community in its attitude to who is permitted to possess nuclear weapons. The question of Iran is also discussed in the editorial, where Douglas Shaw invites us to be rather more critical of what we hear in the mass media, to read between the lines and ask what is really happening in the middle east. eration of Nuclear Weapons may have to play in the replacement of Trident. The NPT is also a feature of Heather Tait’s article looking at the nu
Our reflections piece this week challenges our readers, in asking whether peace is ever truly possible, whilst paying homage to the friendliness of the Scots people, Pita Catt suggests that if peace cannot be achieved here, where can it?