Nu­clear weapons be­long in past

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Robert Mon­roe’s de­sire to turn back the clock three decades is ter­ri­bly ir­re­spon­si­ble and would make more likely that which he claims to want to avoid: Los­ing Amer­ica (“Re­sum­ing U.S. nu­clear weapons test­ing is cru­cial,” Web, Nov. 6).

There is a good rea­son that no coun­try ex­cept North Korea has con­ducted a nu­clear weapon test in the 21st cen­tury. It is the be­hav­ior of a rogue na­tion that cares not for the hos­tile mes­sage that nu­clear weapon tests send, nor for the cas­cade of nu­clear pro­lif­er­a­tion such tests could cause.

Mr. Mon­roe’s long­time po­si­tion as a nu­clear hawk may have helped him ad­vance his mil­i­tary ca­reer dur­ing the Cold War and more re­cently to line his pock­ets as a part of pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions that profit from the main­te­nance and pro­duc­tion of nu­clear weapons. But his trans­par­ent ad­vo­cacy for a new nu­clear arms race has no place in the civ­i­lized world. Nu­clear weapons are de­signed to de­stroy cities and in­dis­crim­i­nately slaugh­ter mil­lions of peo­ple. A re­turn to nu­clear test­ing would make nu­clear weapons more likely to be used, which would be a dis­as­ter for our na­tion and all of hu­man­ity.

RICK WAY­MAN Deputy direc­tor Nu­clear Age Peace Foun­da­tion Santa Bar­bara, Calif.

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