Norway: ElBaradei Calls for "Elimination of Poverty"ElBaradei is in Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, just as Yassir Afarat, Dhimmi Carter and other great people have done before him. And he thinks the way to reduce global nuclear tensions is to reduce poverty. Because we all know it was poverty that prompted Iran's president to announce that Muslims should "wipe Israel off the map" and destroy Western civilization, right? RIGHT? Via Western Resistance:
Norway: ElBaradei Calls for "Elimination of Poverty"
The world should stop treating the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea as isolated cases and instead deal with them in a common effort to eliminate poverty, organized crime and armed conflict, the director general of the United Nations' nuclear monitoring agency said Saturday in accepting the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. The director general, Mohamed ElBaradei, said a "good start" would be for the United States and other nuclear powers to cut nuclear weapon stockpiles sharply and redirect spending toward international development. "More than 15 years after the end of the cold war, it is incomprehensible to many that the major nuclear weapon states operate with their arsenals on hair-trigger alert," Dr. ElBaradei, 63, said. Despite some disarmament, he continued, the existence of 27,000 nuclear warheads in various hands around the world still hold the prospect of "the devastation of entire nations in a matter of minutes." Feelings of insecurity and humiliation, exaggerated by today's nuclear imbalance, are behind the spread of bomb-development programs at the national level, said Dr. ElBaradei, who has headed the International Atomic Energy Agency since 1997.