Nuclear Weapons at Retirement Age: 65 years old today, July 16, 2010
Today marks the 65th Anniversary of the first nuclear bomb explosion test called “Trinity” on July 16, 1945 in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
This year also marks the 65th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945), the first time nuclear weapons were used on a population in the history of the world.
Nuclear Weapons Make Us All Less Safe
Cold war architects Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, Sam Nunn and William Perry admit that nuclear weapons make everyone less safe.
The four American cold warriors wrote a stunning article on January 4, 2007 in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons” where they all agreed that deterrence does not work anymore.
It is time to turn away from the cliff as Dr. Kenneth Boulding urges and go in a new direction towards a sane policy of reducing the threat of nuclear war for present and future generations.
National Security Through Stable Peace: Conversations with Dr. Kenneth Boulding
In the above video Dr. Kenneth Boulding explains how the world has changed and how nuclear weapons do not make us more secure. Dr. Boulding said:
My generation is sort of obsessed by the second World War and the first World War for instance which we lived through. Now the world is different. It’s a very different situation.
We’ve moved into what I call a new region of time. The system has changed. It’s just like going from the land into the sea almost. When you go from the land into the sea you find remarkably few elephants. The whole system is different. That’s what’s happened with the nuclear weapon. We haven’t realized this. We’re still living in a world that has passed away.
The Global Security Newswire of the Nuclear Threat Initiative: Working for a Safer World reported that “Shultz, Other Experts Back Nuclear Disarmament” in it’s 2/26/2008 issue. Shultz said:
“We cannot wait for a nuclear Pearl Harbor or 9/11. We must get ahead of the game to prevent an even more catastrophic event than those that have been seared into our memories,” Shultz said. “If we wait — if a nuclear accident occurs — the world will be changed so dramatically that we will not recognize it.”
“So wake up, everybody. The danger is real and the potential consequences are of catastrophic proportions,” he added.
2010 should be the year to put these horrible weapons into retirement.
“Nuclear disarmament is the only sane path to a safer world” (Ban Ki-moon)
The Promise of the New START Treaty
The United States Senate will take up ratification of the New START Treaty. This is the first step towards total elimination of nuclear weapons pledged by President Obama.
Commit to Global Nuclear Disarmament – Matthew Yglesias
Rachel Maddow – Mitt Romney Plays Nuclear Politics for 2010 and 2012
It’s insane, MEAOW, Mitt Romney is trying to distinguish himself for a possible run in 2012 for the presidency by claiming he wants nuclear weapons. And his point is….