Eisenhower, "Atoms for Peace," and the Birth of the IAEA
April 13, 2013 • 10:39AM

Russia's Vice Premier Rogozin has proposed an agency for the Strategic Defense of the Earth that he said would be like a "space IAEA," reported Izvestia.ru, April 11.

Since the first Gulf War in 1991, the IAEA has been abused by the British Empire through Obama and the two Bush presidents, and has come to be known exclusively as the agency for the justification of war against developing countries, especially in the Middle East (Iraq from 1991-2003, and now Iran). Its real history is that it grew out of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's famous December 8, 1953, address to the United Nations General Assembly, where he called for international cooperation for the peaceful development of atomic energy. Eisenhower made the speech at the very time that the British empire and its U.S. based warmongers were urging him to use a nuclear strike against North Korea.

At the U.N., Eisenhower said:

"It is not enough to take this weapon out of the hands of the soldiers. It must be put into the hands of those who will know how to strip its military casing and adapt it to the arts of peace.

"The United States knows that if the fearful trend of atomic military build-up can be reversed, this greatest of destructive forces can be developed into a great boon, for the benefit of all mankind.

"The United States knows that peaceful power from atomic energy is no dream of the future. That capability, already proved, is here — now — today. Who can doubt, if the entire body of the world's scientists and engineers had adequate amounts of fissionable material with which to test and develop their ideas, that this capability would rapidly be transformed into universal, efficient, and economic usage?

"To hasten the day when fear of the atom will begin to disappear from the minds of people, and the governments of the East and West, there are certain steps that can be taken now."

Making a proposal for creating an International Atomic Energy Agency, Eisenhower stressed his intention to see atomic power become the basis for peace through economic development.

He said that the "responsibility of this Atomic Energy Agency would be to devise methods whereby this fissionable material would be allocated to serve the peaceful pursuits of mankind. Experts would be mobilized to apply atomic energy to the needs of agriculture, medicine, and other peaceful activities. A special purpose would be to provide abundant electrical energy in the power-starved areas of the world. Thus the contributing powers would be dedicating some of their strength to serve the needs rather than the fears of mankind...."

Ike's speech can be found at: http://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/ eisenhower-atoms-for-peace-speech-text/

It was not until four years later, in 1957 that the IAEA was actually created — with an enforcement component as well as with a development perspective. The statute of the IAEA shows the continuation of what Eisenhower laid out.

"ARTICLE II: Objectives

"The Agency shall seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world. It shall ensure, so far as it is able, that assistance provided by it or at its request or under its supervision or control is not used in such a way as to further any military purpose....

"ARTICLE III: Functions

"A. The Agency is authorized:

"1. To encourage and assist research on, and development and practical application of, atomic energy for peaceful uses throughout the world; and, if requested to do so, to act as an intermediary for the purposes of securing the performance of services or the supplying of materials, equipment, or facilities by one member of the Agency for another; and to perform any operation or service useful in research on, or development or practical application of, atomic energy for peaceful purposes;

"2. To make provision, in accordance with this Statute, for materials, services, equipment, and facilities to meet the needs of research on, and development and practical application of, atomic energy for peaceful purposes, including the production of electric power, with due consideration for the needs of the under-developed areas of the world;

"3. To foster the exchange of scientific and technical information on peaceful uses of atomic energy;

"4. To encourage the exchange of training of scientists and experts in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy;

"5. To establish and administer safeguards...."