Letter: Declare war on nuclear weapons
With sadness, recall that 71 years ago on Aug. 6, 1945, the world entered the nuclear age when America dropped a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The destructive power the world witnessed that day, and again only days later when a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki Aug. 9, 1945, made clear that humanity had mastered the ability to destroy with unimaginable weapons of war. An estimated 500,000 people died either directly or within three months after the bombing, untold numbers have subsequently perished due to aftereffects.
Today, more than seven decades later, the U.S., Russia and seven other countries possess more than 15,000 nuclear bombs, every one with the destructive power far greater than the one that destroyed Hiroshima. There exists today enough nuclear weaponry worldwide to destroy itself many times over.
This trajectory to war and conflict is madness. But here’s the thing: it doesn’t have to be that way. We can choose to rid the world of the most deadly and dangerous weapons ever created. Reportedly President Obama is considering major changes to America’s nuclear policy – changes that would make us safer and decrease the likelihood of nuclear war.
That’s why we need to speak up, right now, and make our voices heard. Nuclear weapons make us all less safe. Every day, their mere existence threatens our way of life. The use of just one nuclear weapon would not only flatten an entire city and kill unprecedented numbers of innocent civilians, it would completely change the world – politically, economically and environmentally. Humanity simply can’t afford to let that happen.
Ridding the world of nuclear weapons isn’t going to be easy. With stakes this high, we can’t afford to sit by and simply wait until millions die in a nuclear attack. The time for peace, for a future free from nuclear weapons, is right now. Communicate with President Obama and other governmental representatives today and register your plea for peace. Thank you for your continued work for peace.
Peace to you and yours,
Christine M. Meisenheimer, Ph.D.