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Obama, Medvedev seal deal on nuclear arms pact

Posted by Admin on March 27, 2010

Obama, Medvedev seal deal on nuclear arms pact

Sat, Mar 27 10:33 AM

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sealed a landmark arms-control treaty on Friday to slash their countries’ nuclear arsenals by a third and will sign it on April 8 in Prague.

After months of deadlock and delay, a breakthrough deal on a replacement for the Cold War-era START pact marked Obama’s most significant foreign policy achievement since taking office and also bolsters his effort to “reset” ties with Moscow.

Obama and Medvedev put the finishing touches on the historic accord during a phone call, committing the world’s biggest nuclear powers to deep weapons cuts.

“I’m pleased to announce that after a year of intense negotiations, the United States and Russia have agreed to the most comprehensive arms-control agreement in nearly two decades,” Obama told reporters.

But he could still face an uphill struggle for ratification this year by the US Senate, where support from opposition Republicans will be hard to come by after a bitter fight that ended in congressional approval of his healthcare overhaul.

In Moscow, Medvedev hailed the agreement — which also must be approved by Russian lawmakers — as reflecting a “balance of the interests of both countries.”

Russia made clear, however, that it reserved the right to suspend any strategic arms cuts if it felt threatened by future US deployment of a proposed Europe-based missile defense system that Moscow bitterly opposes.

The agreement replaces a 1991 pact that expired in December. Each side would have seven years after the treaty takes effect to reduce stockpiles of their most dangerous weapons — those already deployed — to 1,550 from the 2,200 now allowed and also cut their numbers of launchers in half.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the new pact sends a message to Iran and North Korea, both locked in nuclear standoffs with the West, of a commitment to thwart nuclear proliferation.

“WE INTEND TO LEAD”

“With this agreement, the United States and Russia — the two largest nuclear powers in the world — also send a clear signal that we intend to lead,” Obama said.

Signaling prospects for cuts by other nuclear powers, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said: “As soon as it becomes useful to do so, the U.K. stands ready to include our nuclear arsenal in a future multilateral disarmament process.”

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called it “a milestone that will promote overall nuclear disarmament,” and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso congratulated Obama and Medvedev on “this historic agreement.”

The treaty adds another chapter in a quarter century of efforts to make the world safer through nuclear arms control, after a 1986 summit between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev laid the groundwork.

Obama and Medvedev will sign the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, a former Soviet satellite now in NATO.

The April 8 meeting will be close to the anniversary of Obama’s speech in Prague offering his vision for eventually ridding the world of nuclear weapons, and should help build momentum for a nuclear security summit he will host in Washington on April 12-13.

The treaty does not impose limits on US development of a missile defense system in Europe, which had been a major sticking point in negotiations. Washington insists such an anti-missile shield would be aimed at Iran, not at Russia.

“Missile defense is not constrained by this treaty,” US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said either side has the right to stop reducing offensive nuclear weapons if the other beefs up its missile defenses — a warning of consequences if Moscow sees a threat to its security.

“DARKEST DAYS”

Obama said the new treaty would help Washington and Moscow put behind them the “darkest days of the Cold War.”

“It cuts, by about a third, the nuclear weapons that the United States and Russia will deploy,” Obama said. “It significantly reduces missiles and launchers. It puts in place a strong and effective verification regime.

“And it maintains the flexibility that we need to protect and advance our national security, and to guarantee our unwavering commitment to the security of our allies.”

The new pact could strengthen Obama politically, building on the domestic political victory he scored this week when he signed sweeping healthcare reform into law.

Obama still faces a fight to get a two-thirds majority for Senate ratification of the treaty at a time of bipartisan rancor after the bitter fight over healthcare and other parts of his domestic agenda.

Republicans have criticized his national security policies and are in no mood to cooperate, especially ahead of November congressional elections where they hope to score big gains.

Despite that, Clinton insisted the prospects were good for bipartisan support for the treaty.

The final deal also signaled improved relations with Russia that had been badly frayed under Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush. Obama needs Moscow onboard for any further international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

It showed that Moscow and Washington can find a way to work together despite differences over a host of issues from Georgia to missile defense in Europe.

Reuters
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The World Is a Reflector

Posted by Admin on March 27, 2010

The World Is a Reflector

Heavenletter #3409 Published on: March 26, 2010

God said:

You are going to make a discovery today, a lovely discovery. You will see. You will have an insight. This insight will be like a revelation to you. This revelation will open you to a new world of your making. One little spark of light in your mind, and a whole new world appears before you. Because you become open, a whole new vista opens.

There is a new switch in you. Off has become On. Such a tiny switch. Such a tiny change, and it changes everything. Your whole view of the world will transform itself. And when your view changes, so does the world. The world is in your keeping, beloveds. The world is of your making. The world follows your perception of it.

You think the world as it appears to you now came that way, and you thought you saw the world as it was with all its nitty-grittiness, yet it is you who paved the world with your thoughts. You instituted the world. You cognized the world. Your thoughts made it so.

Although I have told you that there is no cause and effect, in terms of the world, the world is exactly how you see it. There is no world without your perception of it. Who sees the world? Whose eyes snap photos of it? Whose eyes color the world?

You have thought that the world happened to you. Beloveds, you happened to the world. This is why you want original rather than inherited thoughts, original thoughts rather than bought thoughts, original thoughts rather than pasted-on thoughts.

Now you know it. You are responsible for the world. You cut the world out of cardboard from your thoughts. You pasted a collage of the world. Have you heard that the world is as you are?

Now be the true you and fashion the world after the noblest thoughts of the soul that you are. Your thoughts transfer themselves like decals to the world.

Now enrich the world with your thoughts. No longer downplay the world. No longer be embarrassed by it. Change its frequency. This is doable. It starts with you. This is your mission. You are to be concerned only with your mission. Do not watch to see what others are doing. Let them watch you and follow you. You first.

One light in the world goes on, and then another. Pretty soon the sky is splattered with stars. The sky changes before your very eyes, why not the world?

Flowers bloom. Then why not the world you live in? Frequent the world and hold it up to itself. Give it a model to go by. The world has no choice but to be transformed by your vision.

The sun rises every day right before your eyes. Why not the world? Mountains stand tall and regal. Why not the world?

Ships sail the seas. Why wouldn’t the world sail on your thoughts? Of course, it does.

The world is a reflector. It has no jurisdiction of its own. The world has to follow the thoughts of those who inhabit it. Throw away your dire predictions of the world. Sprinkle happy thoughts and spice up the world.

Where you see dirt, plant a garden.

Where you see fault, remove the fault from your own eye.

Where you see unkindness, replace it. Replace it twice.

Where you see carelessness, take care.

Where you see heartlessness, take heart.

What is there that the mind of man cannot do? What is there that the mind of man has not done? What blemish cannot be erased? What disfigurement can you not reconfigure?

I know you rely on Me. I am telling you now that I also rely on you who are made in My image. I know you will come to the fore. An insight today will transfer you there.

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