Published on December 6th, 2011 | by Wilbert van der Zeijden


The Dutch government can and should demand that the Alliance takes the rational and mature decision to retire the obsolete TNW

Please find below Wilbert van der Zeijden’s article on TNW that appears this week in magazine Internationale Spectator.

Wilbert shows that NATO’s Defence and Deterrence Posture Review process offers a last chance for the Netherlands government to end the deployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons (TNW) on Dutch soil. Supported by national parliament, public opinion, an overwhelming majority of experts, neighbouring countries Germany and Belgium, the United States and about 75% of the Alliance, the Netherlands tries to find consensus within NATO for withdrawal. But to get what it wants, it needs to overcome the most problematic obstacle of all: Policy change in NATO needs unanimous consent, while doing nothing needs only a couple of countries using outdated beliefs or even incorrect argumentation. French exceptionalism, Hungarian reactionary ideology and the Baltic belief that NATO TNW magically neutralise Russian TNW could lead to the bizarre situation that the un-wanted and obsolete B61 bombs are not withdrawn, but that they will be replaced by new ones requiring new Dutch investments so that the new TNW can be dropped from new planes on non-existing targets. The Dutch government can and should demand that the Alliance takes the rational and mature decision to retire the obsolete TNW.

“De PDF van dit artikel is met toestemming van de redactie overgenomen uit de Internationale Spectator, maandblad voor Internationale politiek, uitgegeven door de Koninklijke Van Gorcum te Assen namens het Nederlands Instituut voor Internationale Betrekkingen Clingendael te Den Haag.”

Download the article: ‘Nederland moet met de vuist op tafel slaan; weg met de tactische kernwapens ‘

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About the Author

Wilbert van der Zeijden is the senior researcher of the Security and DIsarmament team of PAX. Wilbert currently focusses on getting US nuclear weapons out of Europe; WMD out of the Middle East and your savings out of nuclear weapons producing companies. He graduated at the Vrije University in Amsterdam and previously worked for about nine years for the think-tank Transnational Institute, as their Peace and Security Programme coordinator. Wilbert’s research interests include humanitarian disarmament, NATO and European security, toxic legacies of war and developments in international military infrastructure.

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