A Trilateral Arms Race – The US-Indian Nuclear Deal

Many of you might have anticipated a bulletin for March 2006 assessing the prophetic significance of the third anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. That assessment will come on what I believe is the true anniversary of this disaster foretold in prophecies. Expect that bulletin in early May around the third anniversary of the hoisting of a banner announcing “Mission Accomplished” over the conning tower of a US carrier. It was put there three years ago this May to celebrate the theatrical arrival of President Bush. He hopped out of a jet onto the carrier’s tarmac costumed in a fighter pilot suit. Flight helmet in hand, he waddled over to the carrier ground crew, back slapping and glad handing the rank and file in his best impersonation of the actor Bill Pullman’s pilot president after fighting aliens in the movie “Independence Day.”

The article will celebrate the day George W. Bush thought the war in Iraq was effectively over, and “Bill-pulled-a-man’s” salute, to the troops in full military attire. He was all too eager to break with traditions set forth by another “George”–the first president of the United States–who believed wearing a military uniform as a “civilian” Chief of State was anti-democratic. George Washington, like a majority of presidents after him, served their country in the armed forces. All except the current president have symbolically honored the constitutional separation of the supreme civilian leadership from the subservient armed forces by wearing civilian clothes.

They understood that presidents in military uniform gave the impression of dictatorship by military junta.

Anyway, I think the better time to release a bulletin about the future of the Iraq war is on the third anniversary of the catastrophe’s true beginning. That was when President Bush stood for his most notorious photo op at a podium under the shadow of the banner “Mission Accomplished” and declared the successful completion of major military operations in Iraq.


I think the subject of another recent photo op in March 2006 may have far more important and far reaching future ramifications than the US occupation of Iraq. It took place under sultry, bronzed-smoggy skies of New Delhi, India, with the US president, glowing with satisfaction and sweat from the early days of the subcontinent’s hot season, shaking hands with the turbanned prime minister of India.

President Bush had boldly gone where only Nixon tread nearly 40 years before. He had engaged in his own version of trilateral diplomacy. Nixon went to China, offered diplomatic relations and brought it out of its isolation. He put America in the position of peace broker between the Soviet Union and China–former Communist allies on the verge of waging nuclear war in the early 1970s. His three-way diplomatic efforts set the stage for normalizing Chinese relations with the world. They helped initiate nuclear arms reductions between the US and USSR, leading to the end of the Cold War a few decades later.

President Bush in March 2006 nobly sought to erase a US policy hangover from the Cold War that politically and economically isolated India. On the surface the president’s diplomatic maneuver seems just as bold and brilliant as that gambled by Nixon. America, the most powerful democracy, has at last embraced the most populous democracy in the world. Nixon’s trilateral diplomacy helped the USSR and China avoid nuclear conflict. We all can hope Bush’s trilateral gambit will place the US in a political and economic position to avert nuclear conflict between China and India. America, the elder superpower of the 20th century, could help the two greatest superpowers of the 21st century peacefully arrive on the world stage.

The photo-op in March 2006 celebrated Bush signing a US-Indian accord that would open some of India’s atomic reactors to international inspectors.


The Indian prime minister and his government would not sign onto such an agreement unless it could keep a third of their nuclear reactors slated for “military” use free of any international inspection. Without pause, without foresight, the US president intends by this agreement to out-source US nuclear atomic fuel and know-how to a renegade nuclear arms maker. The deal will not only improve the Indian civilian nuclear industry, but help upgrade India’s nuclear military industrial complex.

Bush has used trilateral diplomacy to potentially launch a three-way Asian nuclear arms race!

The technical information and nuclear materials Bush will share with India can easily pass without inspection from the civilian to the military sector and increase India’s nuclear arsenal threefold!

The president never consulted the US Congress before going off to sign away nuclear know-how to India, nor was he prepared to reap such strident protests from the rogue nuclear powers. One of these was Pakistan, India’s arch enemy, and his chief Central Asian ally in the war against terrorism. Iran and North Korea disparaged the Bush-India deal as hypocrisy. Why should the US isolate, sanction and threaten military attack on them while rewarding the “renegade” nuclear weapons program of India?

Bush blithely defended his agreement saying that although India in the past had broken international laws against nuclear proliferation, they had never traded in nuclear weapons technology with other rogue nations.

Now, thanks to this agreement, India does not have to share what it knows to start a nuclear arms race.

Bush will start it for them.

What will China do with a new and improved nuclear armed, cross-border rival like India? It will build more atomic weapons and ballistic missiles. China will trade in more nuclear weapons technology with Pakistan, its longtime ally against India. Bush’s deal with India can only encourage Iran and North Korea to continue their nuclear weapon programs. If China and Pakistan engage in a nuclear arms race with India, eventually Asian nations with peaceful nuclear industries will have to follow suit for their protection. Look to South Korea building an arsenal to forestall a surprise attack from China and North Korea. Taiwan will build atomic bombs to discourage a Chinese invasion. Japan will also go nuclear. The proliferation of nuclear weapons across the Asian Pacific rim will further threaten America.

The inherent hypocrisies of Bush’s Indian nuclear agreement illuminates what steps you have to follow to join the nuclear proliferating club:

  1. Build your bombs secretly.
  2. Test one, or announce you have a few already made, like North Korea did.
  3. Then economically plan to hunker down suffering a decade or more of sanctions and threats.
  4. Be patient, America and the world will come around.
  5. Who knows? The Americans and their president are so busy out-sourcing their jobs and know-how to buy your cheap goods and hire your cheap labor, they might help you make a better A bomb too.

I have stated in earlier bulletins China’s long-term plan to build 600 intercontinental ballistic missiles by 2015 to protect its Pacific flank with America. Bush has just given China a reason to build many more than that.

At the onset of the president’s second term in early 2005, Henry Kissinger warned the world that the greatest danger it faces in the next four years is nuclear proliferation spreading beyond anyone’s control.

Ink mixed with grime from New Delhi’s notorious air pollution may have dried on the papers promising this nuclear agreement but the US Congress still must ratify it.

This March, the stone faces of three lions–those visible in the state symbol of the Indian democracy–looked down upon their prime minister and President Bush signing the nuclear agreement.

By this deed have they set in motion the following prophecy from Nostradamus?

(Century 7, Quatrain 16:)

Entree profonde par la grand Royne faicte
Rendra le lieu puissant inaccessible:
L’armee des troys lyons sera deffaite,
Faisant dedans cas hideux & terrible.

The deep entry made by the great queen
Will render the place powerful and inaccessible:
The army of the three lions will be defeated,
Causing within a hideous and terrible event.

The Statue of Liberty could represent the queen Nostradamus uses to symbolize the US. The “deep entry” is the agreement signed by Bush. It will make India “powerful” yet apparently keep its nuclear weapons aspirations self-contained and “inaccessible” to international law as before. In some future war, born from the tensions caused by a nuclear arms race yet unborn, the Chinese or Pakistanis defeat the Indian army perhaps through the “hideous and terrible event” of a nuclear war.

The above is nothing more than my interpretation. It may be an incorrect reading of the symbols of a man trying to foresee the future nearly a half millennium before.

But what if I have read Nostradamus right?

You have the power to make me wrong, if you are citizens of America, with keyboard at the ready, or pen poised on paper. Write your representatives in Congress. President Bush must go back and negotiate a better treaty. Tell them that unless the nuclear agreement makes ALL of India’s nuclear industry open to international inspection it will not be ratified.

Let us not join with the American president in the act that 17th-century prophet Stormberger warned could cause a third world war. Let us not walk “with eyes wide open into the final conflagration.”

Let us shake the president, the Congress, the American and Indian people awake so they can see the consequences of ill thought agreements signed and ratified today that set the stage for a nuclear world war tomorrow.

Write your representatives in Washington, you Americans. Take back your golden future. Write to the American Embassy, you peace loving citizens of India. Your ancient epic poem, the Mahabharata, already tells the story of a nuclear war scourging your land. Keep your blessed land of enlightenment safe from another nuclear war.

Nuclear proliferation can be stopped. ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the Bahai prophet who foresaw the creation of the League of Nations and United Nations, said that worldwide disarmament can only take place when ALL countries, together at the same time, disarm. This means that nuclear powers, be they rogue or respected members of the nuclear weapons club, must someday come together at the same time and render their weapons of mass destruction harmless. Let peace loving people of the world, right now, press your leaders in every land that has A bombs, and in every land that wants them. Make the disarmament dream a multilateral reality.

John Hogue
(31 March 2006)

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