This week we have had the opportunity to reflect on the role of nuclear weapons from two perspectives.
The first perspective arose from the news coverage of the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
The marking of this anniversary (and it’s twin in Nagasaki a few days later) gives us an annual reminder of how wrong we can get things. In my humble opinion, the development of nuclear weapons has been our biggest mistakes as a species.
The second perspective came with President Obama’s speech on the Iran nuclear deal at American University.
If you think as a world citizen, instead of thinking as a citizen of your particular nation, you have to wonder why any country would want to possess nuclear weapons, and that includes the so called super powers, who have more than enough nuclear weapons to destroy all life as we know it.
If we really are serious about protecting life on the planet, then every nation with a nuclear stockpile needs to work towards decommissioning every last one of their weapons. Not only would that put an end to the threat of nuclear winter, which has been a backdrop to our lives for the last 70 years, it would also remove the need for any nation to feel so threatened that it must develop nuclear weapons at any cost.
As President Obama implied in his speech – it’s time to resolve our differences with diplomacy and not with war. I hope Congress has the courage to agree with him.
It’s time we returned to a world free of nuclear weapons.
Thanks for dropping by, Peter.