Tahoe Pine Nuts: Mandating a world without nuclear weapons
President Obama should visit Hiroshima while in Japan as part of the healing process, yes, but more importantly, to shed light on the necessity of ending production of fissile materials for bombs and missile warheads.
The ungetaroundable fact is, one little accident, and our tail is in a crack, as the saying is. Remember Murphy’s Law? If it can go wrong it will go wrong. And when you have people out there who are in favor of it going wrong, well, it’s a matter of when, not if.
We Americans are not exactly setting an example as we forge ahead with the development of a new air-launched nuclear-armed cruise missile, while asking our eight nuclear neighbors to draw down.
Even a limited nuclear war, let’s say between India and Pakistan, would cause catastrophic climate conditions, generating a nuclear famine.
Nuclear test moratorium? Yes! Sign it, abide by it, and let’s put these toys away. The longer we allow proliferation, the bigger the bang.
Last Saturday, South Korea reported that North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile that flew 19 miles. Nineteen miles might not be far, but a North Korean submarine can get within 19 miles of most any coast. On Sunday North Korea confirmed that launch.
The day of grabbing your adversary by the beard and head-butting him has long since past, but the attitude remains the same.
I remember how encouraged I was back in 1989 when Francis Fukuyama announced that the end point of history had been reached with the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.
Whoops. Along came the Arab Spring that turned to winter without ever experiencing a summer, followed by the emergence of the Islamic Caliphate.
As the world warms and becomes more dangerous, it behooves us to eliminate weapons of mass destruction before they fall into the hands of those who are hell-bent for mass destruction and the blessings of martyrdom.
We, the United States, have been pussy-footing around this issue, because for so long we have been the lead dog, or the deterrent as we like to see ourselves. They have a word for that in New York, “Fugetaboutit.”
International law mandating the abolition of nuclear weapons with absolute zero tolerance must be implemented and enforced soon or we will pay the piper down the road … big time.
We think 1,000 shooting incidents in Chicago in the first four months of this year is regrettable, and it is. But that statistic will be small potatoes compared to one nuclear incident.
We are reminded by Mark Twain, “Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind.”
With a visit to Hiroshima, President Obama could light the torch that quite possibly might light the way to a nuclear free society.
This is your opportunity, Mr. President. Carpe Diem.
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