The annihilation of the Japanese city of Hiroshima seventy years ago, followed by the destruction of Nagasaki three days later, still represent the most terrifying event of modern times. Nuclear weapons are the only armaments with the capacity to destroy life on earth.

There is no single cogent argument, ethical or political-practical, for any nation in the world retaining a nuclear arsenal, irrespective of whether any other nation possesses them. The logic of nuclear deterrence, to the extent that it ever made sense, did so only when the only way in which the two superpowers of the day could only retaliate was to use weapons of mass destruction.

Today’s deterrence logic is akin to arguing: if you, my enemy, want to destroy civilization I can make sure we do it together.

The current U.S. government plan to spend approximately $1 trillion on upgrading its nuclear arsenal is lunacy squared. If even the tiniest fraction of this weaponry were to be exploded, deliberately or accidentally, causing the same death, destruction and inter-generational radioactive poisoning visited upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we would surely ask ourselves, who made the reckless and decision to continue building these lethal things?

In his address to the American University this week, President Obama argued forcefully and convincingly for the agreement with Iran. He made reference to President Kennedy’s speech at the same university in 1963, at which his predecessor made the case that there is no cause in the world more important than world peace.

There is no element of world peace more important than ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

 

3 Responses to On the Seventieth Anniversary of the Destruction of Hiroshima

  1. Khalid Almubarak says:

    I agree .I have visited Hiroshima as a guest of the Japanese government in 1986 and was moved by the horror but uplifted by the human capacity to rebuild and rise from the ashes.We need CND more today;because the fear of conflagration that opened the eyes of statesmen and forced them to establish the building blocks of peace that have endured until today seems to be waning.The UN and other linked institutions (despite their shortcomings)are historic and irreplaceable.
    The Iranian deal should encourage the international community to proceed to a nuclear free Middle East and gradual agreements to freeze then get rid of all stored nuclear arsenals.This will not happen from top to bottom ,because there are too many vested interests.Campaigns from the grassroots are a must.
    In a recent SOAS conference(April 05) Sir Jeremy Greenstock has suggested rejuvenating UN-supporting national organisations,this could be a modest beginning.

  2. Khalid Almubarak says:

    I have read in the Guardian today that both Russia and NATO have started military exercises and war games.Insanity.

  3. Rebecca says:

    We need your participation in the big peace conference World Thinkers and Writers Peace Meet in Kolkata, December 27-31. Please come, and come as delegates for the 14th session of the Provisional World Parliament that will be part of this conference and please give papers at the International Philosophers for Peace Conference that will also be included. Papers will be published. You can send an abstract to Dr. Patricia Murphy at pmurphy@sju.edu. Please also register as delegates for the Parliament. This is very important and we need your great intelligence, experience, and leadership to contribute to this historic event in Kolkata.

    Thanks so much,
    Warmest wishes,

    Becky Galdo
    Administrative Assistant to the President Glen T. Martin
    World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA)
    http://www.worldparliament-gov.org

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