19. U.S. CONGRESS IGNORES SOVIET PLEA FOR NUCLEAR
Last September, representatives of northern California
peace groups met with the San Francisco Soviet Consul General.
given a copy of an appeal made by the USSR Supreme Soviet to the U.S. Congress.
It was released through TOSS and datelined Moscow, August 1.
In the appeal,
the Soviets declared the "USSR's readiness to proclaim on any day and at
any hour, on a reciprocal basis, a moratorium on all nuclear explosions, which
could be a prologue to concluding a verified agreement on a comprehensive nuclear
The Soviet communique said further that the "task of
strengthening the international nonproliferation regime, effectively blocking
the nuclear arms race channels and removing de facto the threat of a nuclear war
is more urgent than ever before."
According to an article on the Soviet
offer in the November 1989 Newsletter of Women for Peace, East Bay, "the
appeal has not been reported in the U.S. press, and Congress did not respond"
light of the public posturing the Bush administration and Congress are doing in
the name of encouraging communist moves toward democratic ideals, the apparently
blunt refusal of the U.S. Congress to publicly respond to the Soviet test ban
offer smacks of a double standard. The administration has consistently demonstrated
its unwillingness to publicize Soviet peace initiatives.
A check of major
newspaper and magazine reports since August, 1989, reveals that, indeed, there
has been virtually nothing written on the Soviet appeal to Congress for a ban
on all nuclear tests.
SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: TERRIL SHORE
SOURCE: WOMEN FOR PEACE -- EAST BAY NEWSLETTER 2303 Elsworth Street,
Berkeley, CA 94704
DATE: November 1989
TITLE: "A TALE OF TWO MEETINGS"
AUTHOR: LILLIAN NURMELA
SOURCE: CONSULATE GENERAL, USSR, SAN FRANCISCO 2790 Green Street, San
Francisco, CA 94123
TITLE: "NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE USSR, TASS"
COMMENTS: Last August, before the cold war was "officially"
ended, the USSR Supreme Soviet appealed to the U.S. Congress for a nuclear
test ban. Congress ignored the appeal and the U.S. media didn't bother
to tell the American people about it. Lillian Nurmela, member of a northern
California peace group, discovered the offer when she and other representatives
met with the San Francisco Soviet Consul General. She was disturbed
when she discovered that the Soviet offer wasn't reported in the American
press and she submitted the story to Project Censored. Despite the lessening
of tensions, she feels the issue of nuclear weapons testing still deserves
media attention. "Although it is generally agreed that the cold
war has ended," Nurmela said, "the Bush administration proceeds
with plans to expand nuclear weapons testing and hence the continued
development of 'improved' nuclear weapons. On March 22 of this year,
the Las Vegas Sun reported that a new $73.6 million 'bomb factory' to
assemble nuclear weapons at the Nevada Test Site was scheduled to open
around October 1991. This story was not picked up by the major news
services or national television." Nurmela concludes "As long
as there is no public awareness about the events and issues involved
in nuclear tests, our old enemy, the military-industrial complex, is
free to pursue its aims without being subject to (as the Depart-ment
of Energy put it) `the crucible of public debate'."