A nu­clear night­mare

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

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

Lit­tle Rock

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