It’s time to abolish nuclear weapons. Now is the moment, now is the time for the U.S. to lead the way in calling for full compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and to call upon all nuclear nations to finally step up and work towards total nuclear disarmament.
Nuclear Physicist Joseph Rotblat who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995 on behalf of the Pugwash organization, was an outspoken advocate of total nuclear abolition. Dr. Rotblat was the only scientist to have the courage of his convictions to leave the Manhattan project when he learned that the Germans were nowhere near building a nuclear weapon.
On July 9, 1955, Joseph Rotblat together with fellow well-respected scientists, many who worked on the Manhattan Project, signed the historic Russell-Einstein Manifesto which was a letter addressed to leaders of the world to renounce the use and development of nuclear weapons for the sake of humanity.
Lord Bertrand Russell said at that time on a special media broadcast, “We appeal as human beings to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death.”
We invite this Congress, and through it the scientists of the world and the general public, to subscribe to the following resolution:
“In view of the fact that in any future world war nuclear weapons will certainly be employed, and that such weapons threaten the continued existence of mankind, we urge the governments of the world to realize, and to acknowledge publicly, that their purpose cannot be furthered by a world war, and we urge them, consequently, to find peaceful means for the settlement of all matters of dispute between them.”
Percy W. Bridgman
Cecil F. Powell
Herman J. Muller
At a conference in Boston in the late 1990’s Joseph Rotblat once told a story about how when he and his colleagues proposed to other Pugwash international scientists that the world would be safer if nuclear weapons were completely abolished, his colleagues said he was not thinking properly. However, after they created a study group within Pugwash to actually look into the validity of Rotblat’s bold proposal, after a few years, scientists agreed with Rotblat and realized that the concept of so-called “deterrence” was actually a crazy idea that does not keep us safe. Abolition was determined to be the best way to insure the survival of all humanity.
Now, even realpolitik internationalists like Henry Kissinger have signed on to abolition as a means of insuring the safety of humanity.
Why are we so attached to our nuclear weapons?
If President Reagan and President Gorbachev were ready to abolish nuclear weapons, then at this crucial time in the 21st Century, President Obama and President Medvedev should take up the banner for this generation and begin the task of total abolition of nuclear weapons. There is no place on earth for nuclear weapons.
The International Day of Peace, September 21, 2009:
The International Day of Peace celebrated by citizens around the world is a call to nations and all people to end war as a means of settling conflicts. Please celebrate this important day in your community and urge your leaders to strive for nuclear abolition as a means to begin this important task for the sake of humanity.
The United Nations’ International Day of Peace – celebrated every year on September 21 – is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.
This significant “International Peace Day” was established by U.N. resolution in 1982 and has grown yearly to include millions of people around the world who participate in all kinds of cultural and educational events, large and small.
Tell World Leaders Why We Need to Disarm:
This website allows you to send a message to world leaders on September 21st, 2009 to let them know why disarmament of all kinds, especially nuclear is key to the survival of all humanity. Please add your voice here.
Promote the International Day of Peace.