long as we have nuclear weapons on this earth, one could claim that no real life
is actually thriving on the earth. We do not have life actualizing its fullest
potential as long as there are nuclear weapons."
cannot and must not allow ourselves to have the message
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki fade completely from our
minds, and we cannot allow our vision or ideals to
fade, either. For if we do, we have but one course
left for us. And that flash of light will not only
rob us of our vision, but it will rob us of our lives,
our progeny, and our very existence.
aim is to have a universal nuclear weapons convention signed by the year 2010
and ultimately abolish all nuclear weapons by the year 2020.
scientists also show us clearly that from the environmental and ecological points
of view that nuclear war is not preventable. The only way to get rid of this danger
is to abolish all nuclear weapons
the Hiroshima survivors are telling us is that no one else should ever go through
the experience they suffered. An atomic bombing creates a living hell on Earth
where the living envy the dead.”
some ways more painful is the fact that their experience appears to be fading
from the collective memory of humankind. Having never experienced an atomic bombing,
the vast majority around the world can only vaguely imagine such horror, and these
days, John Hersey’s Hiroshima and Jonathan Schell’s The Fate of the Earth are
all but forgotten. As predicted by the saying, ‘Those who cannot remember the
past are condemned to repeat it,’ the probability that nuclear weapons will be
used and the danger of nuclear war are increasing.”
on to younger generations the memories and the will of those who suffered the
bombing is the most important step for humankind to survive in the 21st century,”
Aug. 6 ... is a time of inheritance, of awakening, and of commitment, in which
we inherit the commitment of the bomb victims to the abolition of nuclear weapons
and realization of genuine world peace,”
over 30 years of building nuclear power plants, there is still no safe way of
disposing the contaminated nuclear materials that are produced. These contaminated
wastes endanger our environment and the lives of countless generations to come.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the threat of nuclear weapons and
the dangers of nuclear energy. It's the perfect time to urge your Mayor to declare
your city a Nuclear Free Zone.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
must not only control the weapons that can kill us, we must bridge the great disparities
of wealth and opportunity among the peoples of the world, the vast majority of
whom live in poverty without hope, opportunity or choices in life. These conditions
are a breeding ground for division that can cause a desperate people to resort
to nuclear weapons as a last resort. Our only hope lies in the power of our love,
generosity, tolerance and understanding and our commitment to making the world
a better place for all...
If the entire history
of mankind were condensed into a single year, our knowledge of how to destroy
life on earth with weapons of mass destruction has been acquired in the last thirty
seconds. Never again will we lack the knowledge to eliminate the world in a single
act of madness. Therefore, we are faced with a dilemma unique in our history.
We must not only control the weapons that can kill us, we must bridge the great
disparities of wealth and opportunity among the peoples of the world, the vast
majority of whom live in poverty without hope, opportunity or choices in life.
These conditions are a breeding ground for division that can cause a desperate
people to resort to nuclear weapons as a last resort. Our only hope lies in the
power of our love, generosity, tolerance and understanding and our commitment
to making the world a better place for all of Allah's children.
“Above all else, we need a reaffirmation of political commitment at the highest
levels to reducing the dangers that arise both from existing nuclear weapons and
from further proliferation.” |
"The existence of nuclear weapons presents a clear and present danger to
life on Earth. Nuclear arms cannot bolster the security of any nation because
they represent a threat to the security of the human race. These incredibly destructive
weapons are an affront to our common humanity, and the tens of billions of dollars
that are dedicated to their development and maintenance should be used instead
to alleviate human need and suffering."|
"Nuclear weapons are the scourge of the earth; to mine for them, manufacture
them, deploy them, use them, is a curse against God, the human family, and the
"If we fight a
war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were
fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be
compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant
"I call on all scientists in all countries to cease and desist from work
creating, developing, improving and manufacturing further nuclear weapons - and,
for that matter, other weapons of potential mass destruction such as chemical
and biological weapons."
Today we are rightly
in an era of disarmament and dismantlement of nuclear weapons. But in some countries
nuclear weapons development still continues. Whether and when the various Nations
of the World can agree to stop this is uncertain. But individual scientists can
still influence this process by withholding their skills.
that time a senator who was on the Joint Committee of Atomic Energy said rather
quietly, 'You know, we're having a little problem with waste these days.' I didn't
know what he meant then, but I know now.
"Is the minor convenience
of allowing the present generation the luxury of doubling its energy consumption
every 10 years worth the major hazard of exposing the next 20,000 generations
to this lethal waste?"
worrying for the country and we're worrying for our kids. We say NO radioactive
waste dump in our ngura in our country. Don't waste our country. Don't waste our
Kampakuta Brown & The Kungka Tju
We know the poison
from the radioactive dump will go down under the ground and leak into the water.
We drink from this water. The animals drink from this water. We're worried that
the animals will become poisoned, and we'll become poisoned in our turn.
Eileen Kampakuta Brown
& The Kungka Tju
also gotten to play in front of a million people in Central Park when there was
a grass roots movement calling for nuclear disarmament - it was about 1982 - they
called it Peace Sunday.
-- Jackson Browne
is my profound conviction that nuclear weapons did not, and will not, of themselves
prevent major war. To the contrary, I am persuaded that the presence of these
hideous devices unnecessarily prolonged and intensified the Cold War. In today's
security environment, threats of their employment have been fully exposed as neither
credible nor of any military utility." |
Lee Butler, head of US Strategic Nuclear Forces 1991-1994.
It is a measure
of arrogance to assert that a nuclear weapons-free world is impossible when 95%
of the nations of the world are already nuclear-free. I think that the vast majority
of people on the face of this earth will endorse the proposition that nuclear
weapons have no place among us. There is no security in nuclear weapons. It is
a fool’s game.”
Lee Butler, head of US Strategic Nuclear Forces 1991-1994
am the only person who ever looked at all twelve thousand five hundred of our
targets. And when I got through I was horrified. Deterrence was a formula for
disaster. We escaped disaster by the grace of God. If you ask one person who has
lived in this arena his whole career, I have come to one conclusion. This has
to end. This must stop. This must be our highest priority.”
Lee Butler, head of US Strategic Nuclear Forces 1991-1994
weapons play on our deepest fears and pander to our darkest instincts. They corrode
our sense of humanity, numb our capacity for moral outrage, and make thinkable
the unimaginable. They prey on democracies and totalitarian societies alike, shrinking
the norms of civilized behavior and dimming the prospects for escaping the savagery
so powerfully imprinted on our genetic code.
Lee Butler, head of US Strategic Nuclear Forces 1991-1994
who say to me that the elimination of nuclear weapons is utopian have somehow
managed to completely ignore the fact that the end of the Cold War was a far more
utopian prospect only ten years ago than eliminating nuclear weapons is now.
Lee Butler, head of US Strategic Nuclear Forces 1991-1994
world free of the threat of nuclear weapons is necessarily a world devoid of nuclear
weapons…. Nuclear weapons pose an intolerable threat to humanity and our habitat….
-- General Lee
are still thousands of warheads loaded on operational systems and standing on
high states of alert on virtually hair-trigger posture. And you have to ask yourself:
Why is that? Who is the enemy? What is the threat?
a doctor, as well as a mother and a world citizen, I wish to practice the ultimate
form of preventive medicine by ridding the earth of these technologies that propagate
disease, suffering, and death." |
leaders have declared that nuclear weapons will remain the cornerstone of US national
security indefinitely. In truth, as the world’s only remaining superpower, nuclear
weapons are the sole military source of our national insecurity. We, and the whole
world, would be much safer if nuclear weapons were abolished.”
-- Rear Admiral
Eugene J Carroll, US Navy
this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the
pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and
spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.
risk of an all-out nuclear holocaust destroying all life on the planet has diminished,
but the danger of actual nuclear weapons use has increased."
If the United
States wants to prevent other countries from acquiring the bomb, it must be prepared
to reduce and eventually end its own reliance on nuclear weapons.
-- David Cortright
Reducing the nuclear
danger will require a universal, consistent opposition to all forms of weapons
common denominator in every single nuclear accident -- a nuclear plant or on a
nuclear submarine -- is that before the specialists even know what has happened,
they rush to the media saying, 'There's no danger to the public.' They do this
before they themselves know what has happened because they are terrified that
the public might react violently, either by panic or by revolt."
a very simple reason for focusing on the nuclear issue. Many, many issues are
of supreme importance in one way or another, but if we blow ourselves up with
nuclear weapons, no other issue is really going to matter. Quite possibly there
would be no other human beings left to be concerned about anything else."
-- Alan Cranston
warnings by officials most closely linked with nuclear arms negotiations and defense
strategy indicate that we are running out of time. If we fail to act soon, the
scars of a major nuclear disaster will mark our immediate and distant future.
-- Alan Cranston
of a fatal nuclear detonation is greater now than at any time during the Cold
War. As the Russian military deteriorates, and as rogue governments and terrorists
seek to acquire nuclear capabilities, the threat continues to grow.
As they were during the Cold War, urban population centers remain the most likely
targets of a nuclear attack. Now, however, an attack may come without warning
from an unknown enemy, to achieve unclear motives.
explosion of a terrorist’s single nuclear device in a major metropolitan center
would trigger an unparalleled humanitarian and environmental disaster. An accidental
military launch of multiple warheads could result in a worldwide nuclear holocaust.
Medical researchers and military analysts forebode grim consequences.
risks of transporting deadly nuclear waste, the environmental justice impacts
and the long-term health effects of both these projects are untenable...We cannot
afford to be silent on these important issues."
~ James Cromwell
know that nuclear is better than fossil fuels when it comes to carbon dioxide,
but nuclear energy is by no means clean. We don't know what to do with the waste
we already have and it seems like a bad idea to me to make more when we have so
many cleaner options such as wind and solar.
-- Sheryl Crow
nuclear arms race is like two people sitting in a pool
of gasoline spending all their time making matches."
must unite to make nuclear weapons a horror of the
have met with political leaders, legislators, and
diplomats, seeking the next steps to press in reducing
and eliminating the nuclear threat in this century.
I have participated in public coalitions developing
programmes for action to combat the global rash of
small arms. All are trying and making a difference.
beings should only use technology which if the worst
case happens, it leads to an acceptable damage. Definitely
nuclear energy is not in that category. I want an industrial
world where people are allowed to make errors. Because
human creativity has to do with being allowed to make
errors. We want an error-friendly environment."
I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be
fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks
Since I do not forsee that atomic energy is to be
a great boon for a long time, I have to say that for
the present it is a menace. Perhaps it is well that
it should be. It may intimidate the human race into
bringing order into its international affairs, which,
without the presence of fear, it would not do.
the release of atomic energy, our generation has brought
into the world the most revolutionary force since prehistoric
man's discovery of fire. This basic force of the universe
cannot be fitted into the outmoded concept of narrow nationalisms.
For there is no secret and there is no defense; there is
no possibility of control except through the aroused understanding
and insistence of the peoples of the world. We scientists
recognise our inescapable responsibility to carry to our
fellow citizens an understanding of atomic energy and its
implication for society. In this lies our only security
and our only hope - we believe that an informed citizenry
will act for life and not for death.
achieving a nuclear test ban] would have to be classed
as the greatest disappointment of any administration
of any decade, of any time and of any party.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961
United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for
the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests. We believe
that this would be an important step toward reduction
of international tensions and would open the way to
further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
is time for the rest of the world to join ... in demanding
that ALL the nuclear weapons states -including Israel,
India and Pakistan, but above all the US and Russia
- negotiate concrete steps on a definite time - table
toward the global, inspected abolition of nuclear
is urgent to prevent new U.S. aggression. The time
is now for the world to say ‘no’ to U.S. threats of
air attack against Iran, and to the very notion of
a nuclear first-use ‘option’ by America or any other
for which I gratefully accept this Award, are today what
they have been for over thirty-five years and will be for
the rest of my life: to counter governmental secrecy about
the nuclear arms race that threatens the survival of life
on earth; and to help build a world movement that will prevent
a first use since Nagasaki of nuclear explosions, prevent
or end interventions that could lead to such an event, and
bring about a world free of nuclear weapons.
faced with world problems – like hunger, overpopulation,
nuclear weapons, the arms trade – you may be among
those who are overwhelmed by a feeling of “Help! What
on earth can I, just one person, do about this?” Take
heart. That’s a sane response. It’s the basis for
a whole new attitude to world problems, where change
at the level of the individual is more and more recognised
as essential to change in huge world systems.
of starting a new nuclear arms race, now is the time to
reclaim our Nation's position of leadership on nuclear nonproliferation
-- Dianne Feinstein
have been led to believe that we have come a long
way toward world nuclear disarmament. But that is
not the case. Our government is not doing all that
it could. We must urge our leaders to fulfill the
obligations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The United States must assume world leadership to
end once and for all the threat of nuclear war. It
is our moral responsibility.
is really a moral and ethical question. Should we
be moving the already insane and expensive global
arms race into space or should the U.S. be doing everything
it can now, before it is too late, to create international
agreements to keep space for peace?"
role of the U.S. in the new world corporate order
is going to be to export security. That means endless
wars and weapons in space. The Pentagon will send
our kids off to foreign lands to suppress opposition
to corporate globalization. How will we ever end America’s
addiction to war and violence as long as our communities
are dependent on military spending for jobs? We must
work to convert the military industrial complex to
sustainable technologies like windpower, solar, and
far as I can see, the atomic bomb has deadened the
finest feeling that has sustained for ages. There
used to be so-called laws of war, which made it tolerable.
Now we know the truth. War knows no law except that
of might. The atomic bomb brought an empty victory
but it resulted for the time being in destroying the
soul of Japan. What has happened to the soul of the
destroying nation is yet too early to see...
should put away the militaristic outlook. The U.S.
should start talking about disarmament, nuclear disarmament,
of the region.
fact that lately some circles, not less powerful by
their small size, have been actively promoting certain
theories, as dangerous as they are illusory, of a
"limited", "winnable" or "protracted" nuclear war,
as well as their obsession of "nuclear superiority",
make it advisable to bear always in mind that the
immediate goal of all States, as was expressly declared
in the Final Document of the Special Assembly of 1978,
"is that of the elimination of the danger of a nuclear
as I have taken the liberty to suggest, were in the future
to become the decisive criterion for the evaluation by the
Nobel Committee of the activities for peace, it would constitute,
just as the Campaign which I have mentioned, another invaluable
element to convince all nuclear powers, including those
which have been more reluctant up to now, of the necessity
to respect the "vital interests" of all peoples and to become
fully aware of the profound truth of the following conclusion
which the United Nations approved by unanimity four years
ago: "Mankind is confronted with a choice: we must halt
the arms race and proceed to disarmament or face annihilation".
is my view that there is no sensible military use for nuclear
weapons, whether “strategic” weapons, “tactical” weapons,
“theatre” weapons, weapons at sea or weapons in space…”
-- Admiral Noel Gayler, U.S. Navy (ret.)
a nuclear power plant is in my view, licensing random
premeditated murder. First of all, when you license
a plant, you know what you're doing--so it's premeditated.
You can't say, "I didn't know." Second, the evidence
on radiation-producing cancer is beyond doubt. I've
worked fifteen years on it [as of 1982], and so have
many others. It is not a question any more: radiation
produces cancer, and the evidence is good all the way
down to the lowest doses."
radiation may well be the most important single cause of
cancer, birth defects and genetic disorders... The stakes
for human health are very, very high in radiation matters.
It is essential that people take no chance that conflict-of-interest
is producing radiation databases which cannot be trusted."
is my firm belief that the infinite and uncontrollable
fury of nuclear weapons should never be held in the
hands of any mere mortal ever again, for any reason.
Nuclear weapons elimination will make all states and
their people safer. It is time to assert our right to
live in a nuclear weapons free world.
Nuclear weapons have forced us to consider whether we will
be the last generation. They challenge the moral dimension
of our humanity. Our technological abilities must not outstrip
our moral insights, rendering us less than fully human.
For in this age, acting without reliance on the gifts of
law, morality and wisdom will be lethal. What right do we
have to place all life on the planet at risk in the service
of a human construction, the state, when it is presently
legally required and within our political means to globally
eliminate all nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons elimination
will make all states and their people safer. It is time
to assert our right to live in a nuclear weapons free world.
nuclear weapon is obsolete. I want to get rid of them all.”
-- General Charles A. Horner, US Air Force (ret).
the first time in the history of mankind, one generation
literally has the power to destroy the past, the present
and the future, the power to bring time to an end
invite people working for peace to span generations
and national boundaries, and gather together to communicate.
Let us firmly join hands and foster an even stronger
network for nuclear abolition and peace.
time has come for those nations that rely on the force
of nuclear armaments to respectfully heed the voices
of peace-loving people, not least the atomic bomb
survivors, to strive in good faith for nuclear disarmament
and non-proliferation, and to advance towards the
complete abolishment of all such weapons.
want to see us to explore outer space. But I want
to do it safely, without the loss of human life, and
democratically: where is the free-wheeling debate
on this question? Only one force can stop this mission:
the will of the American people. They have not been
asked. Do they want to endanger their loved ones,
their industry with this launch? One force is more
powerful than plutonium, the spirit of the American
is the raw material of a power-elite who has taken
Mother Earth's every living creature hostage.
nuclear bomb is the most useless weapon ever invented. It
can be employed to no rational purpose. It is not even
an effective defense against itself.
-- George F. Kennan
every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the
day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every
man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of
Damocles hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable
of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation
or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished
before they abolish us… The mere existence of modern
weapons … is a source of horror and discord and distrust.
we are to achieve a world free from nuclear weapons,
we need the involvement of young people. Youth have
energy, enthusiasm and many good ideas to share. Most
importantly, however, it is young people who will
be inheriting the problems which have been left to
them by the generations past.
we must transform the dynamics of the world power
struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which
no one can win to a positive contest to harness man's
creative genius for the purpose of making peace and
prosperity a reality for all of the nations of the
Luther King, Jr
World War II, the Nazis put their victims into gas
chambers and then incinerated them in ovens. While
the Nazis took their victims to the incinerators,
those who possess and threaten to use nuclear weapons
plan to take these weapons — these portable incinerators
— to the victims.
is not enough to change the world, to bring peace,
to end starvation and poverty, to provide a decent
education for all children, or to prevent nuclear
holocaust. Yet it is a critical starting point for
building a better and brighter future. All of us are
challenged to connect hope to action until we have
created a might river that will carve a new path to
We all have choices. We can build walls or we can build
bridges. We can give our talents to creating weapons of
annihilation, as so many scientists have done, or we can
work to find solutions to humanities greatest problems.
Our orientation is found not only in our acts, but also
in the policies we support or oppose.
must work toward the elimination of all nuclear weapons,
and an end to policies which cause this country to
move toward the weaponization of space.
citizen-activists the world over merge, they can become
an irresistible force to create peace and protect
the planet. From here will come a new movement to
abolish nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction.
From here will come the demand for sustainable communities,
for new systems of energy, transportation and commerce.
From here comes the future rushing in on us. How does
one acquire the capacity for active citizenship? The
opportunities exist every day...Active citizenship
begins with an envisioning of the desired outcome
and a conscious application of spiritual principles.
cannot by ourselves reduce the number of nuclear weapons
in the world, but we are doing what has to be done
all over the world if those weapons are one day to
be eliminated. We will not contemplate any circumstance
in which their possession or threatened use is justified.
We reject the secrecy and hypocrisy which surrounds
the continuing refinement of the technology.
nuclear free status is a statement of our belief that
we and our fellow human beings can build the institutions
which will one day allow us all to renounce the weapons
of mass destruction. We are a small country and what
we can do is limited. But in this as in every other
great issue, we have to start somewhere.
Zealand's nuclear free movement is a broad-based and popular
movement. Our nuclear free status is a challenge to much
that is accepted as orthodox in international relations.
It was formally adopted in the cold war era as a form of
resistance to the dismal doctrines of nuclear deterrence.
It is still a rebuke to the unprincipled exercise of economic
power and military might.
nuclear free status means that we decline to acquiesce in
the strategies of nuclear deterrence. We will not turn a
blind eye to them, and pretend that the weapons are no longer
a threat. We will not in any way tolerate the testing of
nuclear weapons, or their manufacture, or their deployment.
Every adult in the world has some sense that he or
she might be obliterated at any time by these weapons
that we have created.
from the tragic lessons of nuclear atrocities experienced
by the Indigenous Peoples we recognize that the testing,
development and use of nuclear weapons is a crime against
all humanitarian law…
physicians have focused on the nuclear threat as
the singular issue of our era. We are not indifferent
to other human rights and hard-won civil liberties.
But first we must be able to bequeath to our children
the most fundamental of all rights, which preconditions
all others; the right to survival.
nuclear weapons as the ultimate evil, not just evil, but
the ultimate evil with the potential to make life unlivable
on this planet.
weapons will not be gotten rid of until the United States
confronts the magnitude of the horror, the tragedy, and
the long-term suffering of the victims
bombs have made mass murder a reality. Nuclear bombs threaten
as we rationalize nuclear weapons as “necessary” in order
to save American lives, then nuclear weapons will never
be gotten rid of.
forever live with the danger of nuclear weapons because
the nuclear genie has been let out of the bottle. Knowledge
cannot be erased once it arrives. That’s the nature of ideas,
that’s the nature of scientific advancement, and that’s
the nature of widening the horizon of human understanding.
The point is that you have to learn to live with the world
that has been created, but to do this we must structure
a society that is less asymmetric and more equal. We must
find a way to make sure that the fruits produced by the
world are enjoyed equally. That doesn’t mean everybody will
be equal, but that people will not feel constantly cheated
out of their patrimony, or their God-given rights like shelter,
food, health, and education and therefore not be denied
their human potential. The International Declaration of
Human Rights says the right to housing, health, education
should be guaranteed to everyone. The moment these things
are provided, we will have a different world order and nuclear
weapons will become less of a threat.
right of an individual to refuse to kill, to torture,
or to participate in the preparation for the nuclear
destruction of humanity seems to me to be fundamental.
big powers are traveling on the dangerous road of
armament. The signpost just ahead of us is 'Oblivion.'
Can the march on this road be stopped? Yes, if public
opinion uses the power it now has.
weapons production and testing has involved extensive health
and environmental damage …. One of the most remarkable features
of this damage has been the readiness of governments to
harm the very people that they claimed they were protecting
by building these weapons for national security reasons.
In general, this harm was inflicted on people in disregard
of democratic norms. Secrecy, fabrication of data, cover-ups
in the face of attempted public inquiry, and even human
experiments without informed consent have all occurred in
nuclear weapons production and testing programs.
-- Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy and
of nuclear weapons, so naive, so simplistic, and so idealistic
as to be quixotic? Some may think so. But as human beings,
citizens of nations with power to influence events in the
world, can we be at peace with ourselves if we strive for
less? I think not.
-- Robert McNamara
have long been fond of saying that the sun is the
only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some
ninety-three million miles away.
immediate striving must be aimed at preventing what,
in the present situation, is the greatest threat to
the very survival of mankind, the nuclear threat.
sheer folly of trying to defend a nation by destroying
all life on the planet must be apparent to anyone
capable of rational thought. Nuclear capability must
be reduced to zero, globally, permanently. There is
no other option.
Noor of Jordan
single biggest threat that we face is a nuclear weapon
or some weapon of mass destruction. What that means
is that we have to be extraordinarily aggressive and
vigilant in controlling nuclear proliferation.
not take atomic weapons to make man want peace, a peace
that would last. But the atomic bomb was
the turn of the screw. It has made the prospect of future
-- J. Robert Oppenheimer
foes now are universal - poverty, famine, religious
radicalization, desertification, drugs, proliferation
of nuclear weapons, ecological devastation. They threaten
all nations, just as science and information are the
potential friends of all nations. Classical diplomacy
and strategy were aimed at identifying enemies and confronting
them. Now they have to identify dangers, global or local,
and tackle them before they become disasters.
what happens to be the 30th anniversary of the talks that
led to the Limited Test Ban Treaty -- I declare my hope
and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will
eventually see the time when the number of nuclear weapons
is down to zero and the world is a much better place.”
-- General Colin Powell, US Army (June 10, 1993)
seek the elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the
face of the Earth.
-- Ronald Reagan
nuclear power plants are safe, let the commerical
insurance industry insure them. Until these most expert
judges of risk are willing to gamble with their money,
I'm not willing to gamble with the health and safety
of my family."
social and economic development throughout the world
and eliminating nuclear weapons from military arsenals
are two fundamental prerequisites to replacing the
culture of war with a culture of peace, and building
true security for all the world's people.
disarmament is not just an ardent desire of the people,
as expressed in many resolutions of the United Nations.
It is a legal commitment ... for the sake of humanity
- we must get rid of all nuclear weapons."
the very first resolution of the General Assembly
of the United Nations - adopted unanimously - called
for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
the militarily most powerful - and least threatened
- states need nuclear weapons for their security,
how can one deny such security to countries that are
truly insecure? The present nuclear policy is a recipe
for proliferation. It is a policy for disaster.
you are religious, then remember that this bomb is man's
challenge to God. It's worded quite simply: We have
the power to destroy everything you have created. If
you're not religious, then look at it this way. This
world of ours is four thousand, six hundred million
years old. It could end in an afternoon.
idea of weapons of mass extermination is utterly horrible
and is something which no one with one spark of humanity
for fools and madmen, everyone knows that nuclear
war would he an unprecedented human catastrophe.
now almost 40 years since the invention of nuclear weapons.
We have not yet experienced a global thermonuclear war --
although on more than one occasion we have come tremulously
close. I do not think our luck can hold forever. Men and
machines are fallible, as recent events remind us. Fools
and madmen do exist, and sometimes rise to power. Concentrating
always on the near future, we have ignored the long-term
consequences of our actions. We have placed our civilization
and our species in jeopardy. Fortunately, it is not yet
too late. We can safeguard the planetary civilization and
the human family if we so choose. There is no more important
or more urgent issue.
use of a mere dozen nuclear weapons ... would be a human
catastrophe without parallel. ... Because so few weapons
can kill so many people, even far-reaching disarmament
proposals would leave us implicated in plans for unprecedented
slaughter of innocent people. The sole measure that
can free us from this burden is abolition.
new generation, innocent of the divisions of the Cold War,
this coming-of-age. ... If its members do not feel the urgency
to escape the nuclear danger that some of its parents felt,
neither has it developed the deep attachment to nuclear
arms also often found among their parents, including most
of the governing class. ... The call for abolition should
therefore be, among other things, a call from an older generation
to younger one.
some will say the goal [of abolition] is a utopian dream
of human perfection. We needn't worry. There will be more
than enough sins left for everyone to commit after we have
taken nuclear bombs away from ourselves.
We are the generation that brought the bomb in. We have
got to be the generation that should take it out.
last major childhood disease remains and it's the worst
of them all: nuclear war.
-- Beverly Sills
name is Samantha Smith. I am ten years old.
Congratulations on your new job. I have been
worrying about Russia and the United States
getting into a nuclear war. Are you going to
vote to have a war or not? If you aren't please
tell me how you are going to help to not have
a war. This question you do not have to answer,
but I would like to know why you want to conquer
the world or at least our country. God made
the world for us to live together in peace and
not to fight.
is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
seems now no reasonable justification for continuing
any civil plutonium program.
recent activities have been concentrated on criticism
on and actions against Japan's and worldwide plutonium
programs, since it is, as I believe, one of the greatest
threats to the world...
we have something that could really extinguish life on our
planet. Mankind has not found itself in a similar situation
since the end of the palaeolithic age…. In fact, the threat
to mankind's survival has been much greater since 1945 than
it was during the first million years of history."
-- Arnold Toynbee
long as the two nuclear superpowers maintain arsenals in
the tens of thousands of nuclear warheads, there is no way
they can with any consistency urge that other nations not
be allowed to acquire theses weapons.”
-- Admiral Stansfield Turner, USN (ret). and CIA director
have sacrificed my freedom and risked my life in order to
expose the danger of nuclear weapons which threatens this
whole region. I
acted on behalf of all citizens and all of humanity."
-- Mordechai Vanunu
and more states are realizing the deficit in possessing
nuclear weapons and that nuclear weapons do not promote
economic development in most of the undeveloped states.
These countries are ready to back and support any initiative
that will bring the end of nuclear weapons in the entire
world. They know that the abolition of nuclear weapons in
Europe, the US and the entire world will only bring help
and encouragement to global economic activities, including
globalization. So anti-nuclear activists should work in
this new field to use economic reasons and alliances to
defeat nuclear weapons. This could be done especially at
economic summits like the G-8 and WTO meetings where decisions
or declarations could be issued to abolish nuclear weapons.
Rather than fighting the WTO like anarchist environmentalists,
we can recreate the WTO and G-8 to begin working toward
zero nuclear weapons."
-- Mordechai Vanunu
do not believe that a nuclear war should be fought
and we do not believe that a nuclear war can be won.
main reason we are held hostage by the most destructive
technology on earth is simple: the complete lack of
international resolve to ban nuclear weapons and banish
them from the arsenals of the world.
elimination will only happen if all countries — nuclear
and non-nuclear states — genuinely work towards this
result. Nuclear states must abolish their arsenals,
as was indicated by the unanimous opinion of the international
Court of Justice, the highest international tribunal.
The five nuclear states seem to expect others to refrain
from obtaining bombs while at the same time maintaining
their own caches of deadly weapons.
creation of a nuclear weapons convention is not only
achievable, it is imperative if civilisation is to
needs peace more than ever, for our entire planet, threatened
by nuclear war, is in danger of total destruction. A
destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent.
believe in taking down the barriers, but we also believe
in the most energetic reconciliation among peoples
by getting them to know each other, talk each other's
languages, understand each other's fears and beliefs,
getting to know each other physically, philosophically,
and spiritually. It is much harder to kill your near
neighbor than the thousands of unknown and hostile
aliens at the other end of a nuclear missile. We have
to create a world in which there are no unknown, hostile
aliens at the other end of any missiles.
...nuclear threats and nuclear weapons are the last
argument of weak, stressed and irresponsible politicians.
People must act very quicky to stop the movement to
world was shaken twice in the last decade: once when the
USSR dissolved, and once when terrorists attacked the US
on September 11. In the Gorbachev era, we actually lost
our way to change the world for the better. We lost some
wonderful possibilities to begin a process for deep reductions
of the stockpile, and to eliminate nuclear weapons once
and for all. Now one of the main obstacles to achieving
a nuclear-free world is the new US Nuclear Posture Review
(NPR). What can we do? Leaders are still sure that peace
is possible because their countries have nuclear weapons.
I am sure nuclear threats and nuclear weapons are the last
argument of weak, stressed and irresponsible politicians.
People must act very quicky to stop the movement to nuclear
war. But Russian people do not wish to spend money for new
weapons of mass destruction; Russian people wish to build
a new peaceful life after years of the Communists? totalitarian
regime and many years of transition-period chaos. Russia
today wishes to build its civil economy, not military industry.
But the US NPR and the US deployment of space-based national
missile defense (NMD) will provoke Russia to build new nuclear
armaments. Combined with NATO expansion (to the Russian
border), these US initiatives will break down the whole
world order, and every nation will pay their own political
and economic price for that nuclear apartheid.
convention on the comprehensive ban of nuclear weapons should
be negotiated. Since biological and chemical weapons have
been prohibited, there is no reason why nuclear weapons,
which are more destructive, should not be comprehensively
banned and thoroughly destroyed. All it takes to reach this
objective is strong political will.
-- Jiang Zemin