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                               Monday, June 12 2006 

One world order~I

When in 1946 the United States put forward its proposal for the international control of atomic energy, the so-called Baruch Plan, this was conceived by many as a plan for world government.
The United Nations would be given real enforcement powers, and the central control of atomic energy was to ensure that nations could peacefully ~ and safely, under a global nuclear umbrella ~ disarm, with collective security eventually guaranteeing each nation’s safety from foreign attack and exploitation.
At the time the
US was the only country possessing nuclear weapons. The first atomic bomb, as Albert Einstein and others, among them US Senator J William Fulbright and Justice Owen J Roberts proclaimed in an open letter published in the New York Times in October 1945, had “destroyed more than the city of Hiroshima. it also exploded our inherited, outdated political ideas”.

UN Charter

Moreover, the UN Charter in their opinion was “a tragic illusion unless we are ready to take further steps necessary to organise peace”. The UN Charter ~ and democratic constitutions like the Japanese Peace Constitution ~ can only point the way and advocate certain steps that would have to be taken eventually.
The opinion of nuclear scientists helped shape government policies. The Association of Los Alamos Scientists (ALAS) working in the atomic bomb laboratory of Los Alamos in New Mexico, declared in November 1945 that a world “in which nuclear weapons are owned by many nations and their use held back only by the fear of retaliation will be a world of fear, suspicion, and inevitable final explosion”. They were confident that “we are left but only one course of action... (to) cooperate with the rest of the world in the future development of atomic power”. Utilisation of “atomic energy as a weapon” had to be “controlled by a world authority”. This would require the “loss of some degree of national sovereignty”.
The transfer or limitation of national sovereignty in support of the United Nations was to be one of the most important steps necessary for the organisation of peace.
Japan after the war nuclear scientist and Nobel laureate Hideki Yukawa and with him numerous lawmakers supported the idea of a world federation.
Indian diplomats at the UN also emphasised that disarmament must be accompanied by “the establishment of reliable procedures for the peaceful settlement of disputes; that is to say, that something is to be substituted for arms, if arms are taken away, in order to maintain what arms are supposed to be doing: to keep the peace” (Menon 1961).
Those wishing for an effective international organisation or world federation considered the existing United Nations too weak to safeguard a fragile peace. Others denied the UN Charter actually was a workable blueprint for a future world authority with enforcement powers. Soviet mistrust and reluctance to cooperate soon thwarted the American plans for the international management of the atom. As Albert Einstein had foretold, the atomic bomb “changed everything except our way of thinking”. Yet it was also clear that in the atomic age, as British historian Arnold Toynbee declared, “world unity on any plane” could not, as in the past, be accomplished “by the military method”.
Enforcement action by a powerful nation or coalition of the willing, in the absence of an effective UN system of collective security, is highly problematic, especially if national interest determines and dominates the action, as is the case with the
The steps necessary to an organised peace were essentially defined in 1961. While the Cold War in
Europe was heating up, the United States and Soviet Russia tried, after years of painstaking negotiations, to mend ties and agree on nuclear and general and complete disarmament, strengthening the United Nations and the International Court of Justice, and abolishing all institutions of war including military budgets and all. Europe being the focal point and breeding ground of contention, support from the old continent (and the still colonial powers) was conspicuously absent.
India and Japan as non-nuclear nations vigorously supported nuclear and conventional disarmament. When in 1961 Japanese Prime Minister Ikeda and Russian President Khrushchev were engaged in negotiations to further friendly and peaceful cultural, commercial and scientific exchanges, Indian diplomats at the UN focussed on disarmament as “a step to something more important: namely, the outlawing of war”, which was now “incorporated in this agreement”, i.e., the historic McCloy-Zorin Accords between the United States and the Soviet Union referred to above.


Today, in 2006, the nuclear state of the world is the most likely environment fit to bring about disarmament and a one world order, if its rationale can somehow be turned around in a positive move. Toward this end
India can be a powerful player and ally.
Japan and India persistently tried to obtain assurances against the use of nuclear weapons. In 1970, the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty came into force. In Article VI, which commits the (nuclear) powers “to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control”, it essentially codified the McCloy-Zorin accords which President John F Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev had sponsored in 1961.
(To be concluded)

© Klaus Schlichtmann




One world order~II