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Barack Obama is going to Hiroshima. The world will be expecting a big announcement - steps toward REAL nuclear disarmament, steps including Russia.
Here are five reasons why Hiroshima should be just the first stop on Obama's trip (and the second stop should be Moscow).
|What Would a Nuclear Weapon Do|
to Chicago? (Go ahead, guess . . . )
People can hardly bear to confront the horror of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
And yet perhaps the most important thing to remember as the eyes of the world turn to the Obama visit to Hiroshima is that each of today's nuclear weapons is a thousand times more powerful and a thousand times worse than the one used at Hiroshima.
|Job #1 Vis-a-vis Russia:|
People in the US are fed a daily diet of stories about other countries' nuclear weapons -- China (scary!), Pakistan (very scary!!), North Korea (very, very scary!!!) -- and possible future nuclear weapons -- IRAN!!!! -- but the two countries with THOUSANDS of nuclear weapons on alert and ready to go are the US and Russia.
We will never be safe until the US and Russia cut their own nuclear weapons.
|Nuclear disarmament is|
Little has changed in 50 years. The world entered into a regime designed to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons -- absolutely, 100% predicated on the promise of states with nuclear weapons -- the US, Russia, and others -- to eliminate theirs.
When you hear the words "NPT" and "Nonproliferation Treaty," ask the US and Russia: have you eliminate your nuclear weapons yet, as you promised you would?
(4) The US has a problem
|President, Congress, People:|
Who's gonna get this done?
Today, our political class is in crisis.
Barack Obama came into office in 2009 thinking -- or at least saying he thought -- he would bring about a huge advance in creating a nuclear-weapons-free world. Somewhere along the way, he seems to have decided it's not on him.
People need to tell Obama to face facts. It is on him.
It's not the way our government is supposed to work. But it's the hand he's been dealt.
|World to US: DISARM!|
The way the world views the US is this: our country -- and a few others like us -- are holding a sword over everyone else's head.
It's time for the US to wise up and see itself as others see it.
In other words, it's time for us to care about our relationship with the other people with whom we share the planet.
What more is it gonna take?
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(See FIRE AND BLAST: A Curriculum that Confronts Nuclear Danger?)
Do we have a way to immerse ourselves in the experience of what the use of those nuclear weapons would really mean -- prospectively -- so that we can truly cause ourselves to confront our own inaction?
(See Stop engaging in risky behavior )
(See Why Are These Military Experts Saying CUT CUT CUT Nukes? )
(See Reviews of "Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom" by Elaine Scarry )
(See NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Who will bring us down to earth? )