Nuclear weapons belong in past
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.