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Treaty on Weapons in Space?Good idea – 74%?Bad idea - 22% Do you think that a new treaty banning all weapons in space would be a good idea or a bad idea? A separate part of the sample was presented a question that contained more information about a possible treaty banning weapons in space. Respondents were presented the following: As you may know, since the 1960s a number of treaties have banned nuclear weapons in space. Some people have proposed negotiating a new treaty against any kind of weapon in space, including weapons designed to knock out satellites. Here are two positions on this issue. a. Such a treaty would stop a new arms race in space and would forbid weapons that would threaten US satellites, which are very important for managing US military capabilities. b. Such a treaty would make it harder for the US to do research into missile defense, intended to protect the US homeland, and to build systems to protect US satellites from attack. They were then asked, “Do you think that a new treaty banning all weapons in space would be a good idea or a bad idea?” In this case support was a bit lower, though still a large majority, with 65% saying it was a good idea and 33% saying it was a bad idea. Non-Governmental Organizations – There are committed NGOs who do not want an arm’s race in space; want an outer space free of weapons; and want a treaty permanently banning all weapons in space. For example, a coalition of support of 274 U.S. and International Non-governmental organizations has been assembled by the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power, in support of the Space Preservation Act, calling upon the President of the United States to work for a worldwide ban on weapons in space as well. The Space Preservation Act (H.R. 3657) provides that in “Sec. 4. International Treaty Banning Space-Based Weapons And The Use Of Weapons Against Objects In Space In Orbit. The President shall direct the United States representatives to the United Nations and other international organizations to immediately work toward negotiating, adopting, and implementing an international treaty banning space-based weapons and the use of weapons to destroy or damage objects in space that are in orbit.” The Supporting NGOs pledged: “We wholeheartedly support this bill and call upon the U.S. Congress to enact this legislation. If the U.S. places weapons systems in outer space, a new arms race among nations will surely follow. The world will become less secure, not more. The environment will be further polluted. And the economic drain on the people of the U.S. and the rest of the world will be enormous.” ?Significant NGO policy conclusions emerged from international conferences held during 2004, including “Safeguarding Space For All: Security And Peaceful Uses,” (Geneva March 25-26, 2004) A joint conference of Foreign Affairs Canada; Henry L. Stimson Center; Project Ploughshares Canada; Simons Centre for Peace and Disarmament Research; Simons Foundation Union of Concerned Scientists; United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).
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