Apparently, the United States and India just recently (as in, circa last Friday) agreed on their nuclear energy cooperation deal.
This deal has been in the works for at least a year now, and all of the pros and cons have been repeatedly beaten into everyone’s heads. Supporters say the nuclear deal will strengthen non-proliferation efforts by both countries (how exactly I’m not quite certain). The opposition argue that the nuclear deal encourages rogue states to quit the NPT and develop nuclear weapons. Whatever.
But in the CNN article, Nick Burns, the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs (isn’t the Department of State inherently political anyway?) was quoted as saying the following:
“It sends a message that if you behave responsibly in regards to nonproliferation, and you play by the rules, you will not penalized, but will be invited to participate more fully in international nuclear trade.”
This statement was quickly followed by:
“I can assure you that the United States is not going to suggest a similar deal with any other country in the world. We have always felt of India as an exception.”
Let me get this straight: “Behave responsibly” means developing nuclear weapons, and then testing them, all while trash talking your neighbor (Pakistan) who clearly hates you already. It also means not joining the NPT and ignoring the demands of the international community. If I were a parent and India were my child, this would normally be the moment where I spank my kid and ground the prat. Instead, these countries should be “invited to participate more fully in the international nuclear trade.” But just as Iran and North Korea are getting all frisky with excitment, “I can assure you that the United States is not going to suggest a similar deal with any other country in the world.”
So in conclusion, if you’re illegally developing nuclear weapons, the United States will reward your bad behavior with great perks. However, this rule does not apply to Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan. Is this madness? No, it’s Sparta.