March 19, 2017
On March 27th 2017 a conference will begin at The United Nations “to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.”
Remarkably not all members of the United Nations feel these negotiations are necessary. While 128 of the UN’s 193 member states voted in favor of this humanitarian initiative, 65 member states voted against the initiative or abstained.
Of the 65 not in favor, 38 member states voted against the conference; including five of the worlds nine nuclear powers, Russia (with 7000 nuclear weapons), United States (with 6800), France (300), the United Kingdom (215) and Israel (80).
Three of the other four nuclear powers, China (260), India (120) and Pakistan (130) abstained. Of the nine nuclear powers, only North Korea (15) voted in favor of the conference.
The ’known‘ nuclear power arsenal numbers 15,000 nuclear weapons. 2,000 of these weapons are on hair-trigger alert. meaning the warheads can be launched in a matter of minutes.
Considering the current volatility of world affairs and the current slate of leaders of intemperate nature and questionable emotional stability; the prospect of one of these individuals posessing the power to decide the fate of the planet and all her inhabitants, based on whims, alternative facts and subject to their fragile egos: is terrifying.
Increasingly dangerous and irresponsible statements from these leaders displays a shocking and profound ignorance about the nature of nuclear weapons and the consequences of their use. No one can, no one will survive the fallacy of their ”limited“, or ”winable nuclear war“. In fact recent studies confirm that the use of less than 0.5% (one half of one percent) of the world’s nuclear arsenal would cause climate disruption across the planet, and a resultant global famine. This would mean the end of civilization. It is that dire.
Many suggest nuclear warheads no longer be referred to as weapons but annihilation devices.
“Nuclear weapons remain a threat as long as they are in existence.” Complete elimination (of these devices) is the only guarantee of their non-use,” asserted the representative of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), going on to state that the Conference (on nuclear disarmament in March 2017) should be open to all States, as well as civil society.
The hope is that the March conference will provide a means for member states to fulfil their obligation to achieve the elimination of nuclear weapons as spelled out in Article VI of the 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The International Court of Justice has unanimously said that all States, whether or not they possess nuclear arms, have an obligation under international law to negotiate nuclear disarmament.
In response, the leaders of some of the worlds’ nuclear powers have publicly begun massive reinvestments in nuclear warheads, delivery systems, and infrastructure.
We will not survive a nuclear war. Global war must be avoided. The leaders must face a public educated on these substantiated facts, a public who refuses to support this insanity.
Contact your countries envoy to the UN and show your support for the Conference beginning March 27th for nuclear disarmament. ( for Canada Mr. Marc-Andre Blanchard 885 second Ave, 14th Floor New York NY 10017 USA)
Contact your MP at House of Commons Ottawa Ont K1A 0A6 and the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 80 Wellington Street Ottawa Ont K1A 0A2
You may consider also joining The Hibakusha, the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now with an average age of 80, they have mobilized, actively gathering signatures for an on line petition. The call of these survivors is, “So… people from future generations will not have to experience hell on earth, we want to realize a world free of nuclear weapons while we are still alive.”
Karen Ewing B.Sc., B.Ed., MD, CCFP