Lobby MPs to avert ‘boom’
The Editor, Scientists moved the minute hand on the Doomsday Clock half a minute closer to midnight on January 25. It’s now only two minutes to midnight. The last time it was this close to midnight was in 1953 after the Americans and then the Soviets six months later tested their first hydrogen bombs.
The scientists, members of the science and security board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists who oversee the clock stated that, “In 2017, world leaders failed to respond effectively to the looming threats of nuclear war and climate change, making the world security situation more dangerous than it was a year ago and as dangerous as it has been since World War II.”
The scientists cited numerous risks; North Korea’s nuclear program; discord between Russia and the U.S.A.; tensions in the South China Sea; the buildup of the nuclear arsenals of Pakistan and India; uncertainty over the Iran nuclear deal; the unabated production of greenhouse gases warming the planet; the Trump administration’s plans to remake and expand its nuclear arsenal.
“International diplomacy has been reduced to name-calling owing it a surreal sense of unreality that makes the world security situation ever more threatening,” the scientists said.
A final draft of a Nuclear Policy Review by the U. S. A. administration was leaked to The Huffington Post ( HP) reports Elizabeth Renzetti in The Globe and Mail Jan. 27. “What the posture review makes clear... is that the Trump administration wants to produce a considerable number of new nukes,” the HP says.
On the same day that the scientists moved the minute hand ahead, George Shultz, Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state was testifying before the U.S. Senate armed services committee. “I fear people have lost that sense of dread and now we see everything going in the other direction,” he said.
When several weeks ago the million people on Hawaii had a false warning for 28 minutes that missiles were on their way, people stuffed their children into sewers and sent goodbye messages, E. Renzetti wrote in The Globe and Mail.
“If nuclear missiles were on the way, would you want to be warned?” asked the Ottawa Sun in their daily online poll on Jan. 21. Seventy per cent of those who answered said, “Yes.”
“Get engaged, get involved and help create the future. The time is now,” the Doomsday Clock scientist said.
Whoever wants to get involved in Glengarry could ask the SDG library to lend them “The Doomsday Machine,” by Daniel Ellsberg, which came out on Dec. 5.
The Alexandria branch said on Jan. 17 that it would try and get a copy.
Schools should also order copies or would they rather just stuff their students into sewers?
Now that their MPs have returned to Parliament Jan. 29, after their long Christmas break, Glengarrians should ask them to get our government to sign the United Nations Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons and then have Parliament ratify it.
Don’t let the minute hand move any more seconds further toward the midnight “boom.”