A nuclear nightmare
Arkansas WAND applauds the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” At this critical time in history, the Nobel Committee has taken a giant step back from Armageddon.
The nine nations that have nuclear weapons (U.S, Russia, U.K., France, India, Pakistan, China, Israel and North Korea) did not take part in negotiations, saying they need nuclear weapons for deterrence. But as long as any country has nukes, there is always the threat of a catastrophic accident or a nuclear attack in the heat of war. Human beings should not have to live under the threat of nuclear annihilation.
We hope the U.S. and Russia will accelerate world disarmament by continuing to dismantle the weapons in their own stockpiles.
Instead of pouring money into upgrading weapons, on top of the $8.9 trillion we have already spent on them, the U.S. should put its money into peacemaking through diplomacy and foreign aid.
Tell the president and Senator Cotton to stop threatening to undo the painstaking work of diplomacy with Iran and North Korea and let the peace process work. It’s far better than risking a nuclear nightmare.
JEAN T. GORDON