March 23, 2002


A nuclear threat - Labour's biggest surprise so far (John Keegan, 24/03/2002, Telegraph uk)
IT is not only Labour members of Parliament who are puzzled and perturbed by the warning last Wednesday by Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, of the Government's willingness to use nuclear weapons "in the right conditions" against "the states of concern" by which he meant Iraq, Iran, Libya and North Korea. He appeared to imply that, if that threat failed to deter, Britain might use its nuclear weapons in a first strike. Not only to deter the use of nuclear weapons against us, moreover; the use of chemical or biological weapons, he seemed to suggest, would also invoke the action.

If you're from Texas they're the "axis of evil". If you're from London they're "states of concern". Still, it's nice to here even Labourites talking the talk (or some staid British variant thereof).
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 23, 2002 9:38 PM
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