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To End the Arms Race and to Reduce and Eventually Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

''You cannot simultaneously prepare for war and peace.'' Einstein

Friendly Nuclear Fire

Do we feel any safer because of nuclear weapons?   Our capacity for destruction has outpaced our courage of restraint, so much so that the destruction of our enemy will blow back destruction on ourselves.  It’s the suicide of friendly fire, friendly nuclear fire.  We are ready to destroy the world to protect ourselves.  The enemy doesn’t even need to fire a missile; our missiles will kill us.

Collateral Radioactivity

To use any nuclear weapons would be to kill innocent civilians for thousands of radioactive years. How can we morally justify that?  The fact is we have used these weapons and we have so many of them poised to make Armageddon.  It is the destruction of morality by war’s desperation that justifies their use.  It is paranoiac fear of their destructive power that justifies the hair-trigger of readiness.  

Feedback of Fear

Nuclear weapons have turned fear into paranoia.  For those who already have them, even the suspicion of others building nuclear weapons becomes a preemptive excuse for starting a war.  For those who want them, nukes provide a safety deterrent of retribution.  The more we fear them, the more we want them.  The more we have them, the more others fear us.  The more others fear us, the more we fear them.  More fear, more nukes.  More nukes, more fear.  This is the feedback of fear and with such dangerous and destructive weapons, it’s only reasonable to be fearful. 

Feedback of Suspicion

Formerly the tactics of war required armies.  But nukes are far more hidden, secret.  And so it is reasonable to be more suspicious.  When we think that those who are not with us, could possibly be against us, we become suspicious of them.  And they become suspicious right back at us, which justifies our suspicions, which justifies theirs.  This is the feedback of suspicions.  Put together the feedback of fear with the feedback of suspicion and these empower a feedback loop of nuclear paranoia. 

Preparing for Peace

To escape these feedback traps, we need to counter fear with courage and suspicion with trust; the courage of self-sacrifice and the trust based on truth.   We need to stop reacting with war and start to be proactive with peace, and that takes forethought, solving problems before they escalate.  

Although we cannot un-invent any of these weapons of mass destruction, we can make them obsolete by ending war as an option, everywhere.  And the way to do that is to prepare for peace.


Weapons of Shame - Quotes

"...now I am become Death [Shiva], the destroyer of worlds..." Physicist Robert Oppenheimer, Supervising Scientist Manhattan Project

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”  Einstein

 “The belief that it's possible to achieve security through armaments on a national scale is a disastrous illusion. The arms race between the US and the Soviet Union assumes hysterical proportions. On both sides, means of mass destruction are being perfected with feverish haste and behind walls of secrecy. Radioactive poisoning of the atmosphere is now possible. But our goal should in fact be to do away with mutual fear and distrust.”  Einstein

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

“I believe America may totally succumb to the fearful militarization which engulfed Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. There is real danger that political power and the power to influence the minds of people will pass increasingly into the hands of the military, which is used to approaching all political problems from the point of view of military expediency. Because of America's supremacy, the military point of view is forced upon the world.” Einstein

“The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.”  Einstein

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” Eisenhower, See the “Military Industrial Complex” speech.

“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.”  Eisenhower

“If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order.” Eisenhower

“This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”  Eisenhower

Links

Greenpeace, Einstein, Peace Pledge Union, Global Military Domination, Depleted Uranium, Eisenhower