I offer a few reflections in an effort to separate fact from fiction with regard to nuclear weapons, their capacity for devastation and our ability to assure global security by preventing their use.
First, today’s nuclear arsenals are capable of omnicide, the death of all. In that sense, nuclear weapons are not really weapons but instruments of annihilation. They place all complex life at risk of extinction.
… Second, nuclear weapons are justified by their possessors by their belief in the effectiveness of nuclear deterrence. We must always keep in mind that nuclear deterrence is not a fact; it is a hypothesis about human behavior. …
… What is missing from the discourse on nuclear armaments among national leaders is political will for nuclear weapons abolition, a sense of urgency and the courage to lead.
David Krieger is president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. His latest book is “The Path to Zero: Dialogues on Nuclear Dangers.”
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