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Wilson writes: "Years from now, when the last nuclear bomb is dismantled, it will be because people all over the world had the courage to demand zero - and a safer world for their children, their grandchildren and all generations to come."

Valerie Plame Wilson on Global Zero - the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. (photo: BBC)
Valerie Plame Wilson on Global Zero - the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. (photo: BBC)


A World Without Nuclear Weapons

By Valerie Plame Wilson, Reader Supported News

05 March 13

 

 

wenty-five years ago, President Reagan laid out a vision for a world without nuclear weapons, and in his first term President Obama boldly picked up that mantle - most famously in his 2009 speech in Prague, where he announced America's commitment to eliminate all nuclear weapons globally. There is now a unique opportunity for President Obama, in his second term, to follow through on that commitment and set the world's course to global zero. He can do this by pursuing further reductions to the United States' and Russia's massive Cold War arsenals and bringing other key countries to the table for the first multilateral nuclear arms negotiations in history.

This week, Global Zero - the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons - is launching a global campaign urging President Obama to do just that. And we are calling on him to make a major announcement about this on April 5, 2013 - the fourth anniversary of his historic Prague speech.

As part of this campaign, we are rolling out a short video narrated by my fellow Global Zero leader Michael Douglas, which is being promoted by a host of celebrities, organizations and students on social media and that we hope the president will watch.

In addition to the video, the campaign includes a letter to the president from approximately 75 former prime ministers, foreign and defense ministers and military commanders; an official declaration recently adopted by the European Parliament in support of Global Zero's step-by-step plan to eliminate nuclear weapons; and a grassroots petition appealing directly to the president.

We believe that President Obama wants to make good on his commitment to seek a world without nuclear weapons and elevate it to be a legacy issue of his presidency - but he is facing a host of other pressing problems in the world and he needs to hear urgent support for eliminating nuclear weapons.

The Global Zero movement is supported by hundreds of respected national security and military leaders from around the world who understand that nuclear weapons do not address today's security threats - and a powerful grassroots movement that's led by the world's first post-Cold War generation, which rejects absolutely the 20th century idea of basing national security on the threat of mass destruction.

Years from now, when the last nuclear bomb is dismantled, it will be because people all over the world had the courage to demand zero - and a safer world for their children, their grandchildren and all generations to come. Please join this critical campaign at www.globalzero.org and join us as we call on President Obama to set the world's course to zero.

Together, we can make history.

 

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+23 # Alternative 2013-03-05 08:27
Yes and a World without Nuclear Reactors, Coal power Plants and Dirty Noisy Gasoline Engines.
 
 
-29 # edge 2013-03-05 08:56
RIGHT!

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king!

As long as anyone retains the ability to create a nuclear weapon they will always be with us.

Just Imagine if EVERY Country got rid of them except...N Korea or Iran or any dictator...they would control the World!
 
 
-15 # jwb110 2013-03-05 09:22
Quoting edge:
RIGHT!

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king!

As long as anyone retains the ability to create a nuclear weapon they will always be with us.



Just Imagine if EVERY Country got rid of them except...N Korea or Iran or any dictator...they would control the World!

Quoting edge:


In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king!

As long as anyone retains the ability to create a nuclear weapon they will always be with us.

Just Imagine if EVERY Country got rid of them except...N Korea or Iran or any dictator...they would control the World!


Korea already thinks its owns the world.
 
 
-24 # edge 2013-03-05 11:23
Quoting jwb110:

Korea already thinks its owns the world.


AND clearly they will NEVER get rid of their nuclear weapons...so neither can we unless you want to be a slave to Kim Jong-un
 
 
+10 # RMDC 2013-03-05 16:57
What the hell are you guys talking about. N. Korea is not the aggressor. The American regime threatens N. Korea with war just about every month. N. Korea's nuclear bomb are purely defensive. The American bombs are purely aggressive. Don't you know that.

"so neither can we unless you want to be a slave to Kim Jong-un"

This is about the stupidest statement I've ever read in my life. Maybe you are writing a joke. It was the US which enslaved all Koreans when in the Treaty of Washington the US regime gave Korea to the Japanses as a reward for their victory in the Russo-Japanese war.
 
 
+13 # tedrey 2013-03-05 12:33
The rest of the world has more reason to say that about the U.S. which has most of them, made them first, used them first, and despite signed international agreements, shows no sign of ever giving them up. As long as we insist on retaining them, more and more countries (and others) will get them, and they will be used . . . and the U.S will be a prime target. Just predicting.
 
 
+3 # Peace Anonymous 2013-03-06 10:51
Quoting edge:
RIGHT!

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king!

As long as anyone retains the ability to create a nuclear weapon they will always be with us.

Just Imagine if EVERY Country got rid of them except...N Korea or Iran or any dictator...they would control the World!

Pack a bag and go to North Korea, Iran, and any other country where people have reacted in fear BECAUSE of OUR actions. And today we live in fear BECAUSE of OUR actions. If there was a profit in peace we would be living in a hippie's paradise. It is time to do the RIGHT thing.
 
 
0 # Alternative 2013-04-25 12:29
Funny you would say that, I am a one eyed man!

If we can't we must.

Imagine... is right!
 
 
+22 # jjj 2013-03-05 09:00
A positive effort. Whatever negative and cynical facts are available (and yes there are plenty of the) let's set them aside and try for this one very good thing- the start of nuclear disarmament.
 
 
+24 # Leadyourself 2013-03-05 09:06
"Years from now,when the last nuclear bomb is

dismantled" is brilliant ; freshest thing I ever

heard--because your line makes you SEE it

happening.

Shoulda been your Opening Line!

Great piece,kid.

I admire you and your husband because

you aren't just Armchair Revolutionaries !
 
 
+8 # dick 2013-03-05 09:06
The threat of HIDDEN nukes enables the Nuclear Industrial Congressional Complex to continue profiteering at the risk of even their own annihilation. Outside money in screwball local elections make Congress Public Enemy #1. Internet watchdogs must be funded to relentlessly investigate & broadly expose campaigns & candidates from Didilisqat County who are a MAJOR THREAT to ALL of US. Public funding of elections, too.
 
 
-6 # bmiluski 2013-03-05 09:10
Ah Yeah........you are assuming that the whole world will be sane and logical. WRONG......Ther e will always be men around who are neither and who will use any sort of arms that are available. If you don't believe me watch little boys play. They'll fashion a weapon out of anything. Even the cardboard from a toilet paper roll.
 
 
+16 # dick 2013-03-05 09:16
WHY, WHY, WHY didn't Obama re-open the OBVIOUS treason case on Valerie's outing? Rove would have been hanged by now.
Cheney, Scooter, others could have been Benedict Arnolded.
Obama is SO disappointing. ONLY Romnesia, Boner, Mitch, & the Confederacy of Clowns, Dunces, Knaves, & Psychopaths could make him look OK by COMPARISON. Bankers & traitors still rule, despite heros like Valerie & Joe. The Lamestream Media really are co-conspirators . Internet must DISPLACE corp Medeas before they get US all KILLED.
 
 
-10 # edge 2013-03-05 11:19
Quoting dick:
WHY, WHY, WHY didn't Obama re-open the OBVIOUS treason case on Valerie's outing? Rove would have been hanged by now.

SNIP.


You do know that it was Richard Armitage that outed Plame!

It was not Rove or anyone you named, you are either obtuse or just ignorant as to the facts!
 
 
+1 # geraldom 2013-03-05 13:24
Quoting edge:
Quoting dick:
WHY, WHY, WHY didn't Obama re-open the OBVIOUS treason case on Valerie's outing? Rove would have been hanged by now.

SNIP.


You do know that it was Richard Armitage that outed Plame!

It was not Rove or anyone you named, you are either obtuse or just ignorant as to the facts!

You do know that it was Richard Armitage that outed Plame!

It was not Rove or anyone you named, you are either obtuse or just ignorant as to the facts!

Very little was done under the Bush administration that was not privy to Karl Rove. If a proper investigation were held today in Valerie Plame's outing, I'm sure that Karl Rove would have been involved somewhere along the chain.
 
 
-6 # edge 2013-03-06 08:55
Mindless drivel devoid of any fact!
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2013-03-06 09:35
Quoting edge:
Mindless drivel devoid of any fact!

Like all your posts.
 
 
+6 # mdhome 2013-03-05 09:28
I have heard this since before Reagan, who doubled the nuclear arsenal, and I expect they will be saying the same thing after I am gone.
 
 
+16 # CAMUS1111 2013-03-05 09:50
Almost as good: A world without today's GOP...
 
 
+9 # geraldom 2013-03-05 09:56
I, like many people, would like a world free of nukes. Way back during the Cuban missile crisis when one man, a political officer on a Russian submarine under attack by U.S. naval forces off the east coast of the U.S. was the one man who saved us all.

That Russian submarine was one of several carrying nuclear-tipped torpedoes. The protocol for launching one of these was that 3 people had to sign off on it. They were the captain, the first officer, and the political officer. If any one of them said "No!," then the torpedo could not be launched. Two of the three were ready & willing to launch that torpedo. Only the political officer refused to go along with it, and that is what prevented the destruction of the human race in the early 1960s.

Unfortunately, I must state the following at this point in the game. It's my humble opinion that both Russia & China would be damn fools for giving up their nuclear weapons. The U.S. for many decades now has been developing new & extremely advanced & effective high-tech weaponry that cannot be labeled as nuclear with the possible exception of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons. The U.S. appetite for complete world empire has not waned.

If every nation on earth that has nuclear weapons, including the United States, were to get rid of them, it wouldn't end all wars but expand on them since no other nation on earth could stand up to the U.S. in a convention war scenario at this time in history.
 
 
0 # Douglas Jack 2013-03-05 13:30
Thanks Harold, I keep on reading these well researched comments in which you which take my knowledge steps further.

Humanity's worldwide indigenous ancestors cultivated a constellation of pro-active check & balance memes for mutual-aid, peace, communication & conflict resolution at all levels in all disciplines including accounting, governance, communications, food production, natural-science , ecological/elem ental design etc. This knowledge such as the Circle of Life, the Medicine Wheel or the Great Law of Peace is active, conscious & empowering. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/home/indigenous-circle-of-life
Humanity has left these human relation balances unattended for so many centuries, but these fundamentals are still available to bring us beyond not only our present nuclear impasse as well as our forever deepening tragedy. Those who would like to go beyond the present impasse should research their own indigenous heritages such as the Celtic peoples of Europe & link this knowledge with First Nations here in the Americas. www.indigenecommunity.info compiles & describes these transcendental social-economic human technologies.
 
 
+12 # pres 2013-03-05 10:17
"non-nuclear" weapons can be just as devastating, just slower.
A world without war is much more important to achieve.
 
 
+3 # HerbR 2013-03-05 11:47
Where have you been all these years ? Good to see all that. As a former Occupation G.I. in Nagoya, I approve !!
 
 
+9 # dyannne 2013-03-05 11:58
The US worries about other countries using these weapons, but we're the only one who has actually used them on other people. We call Iran crazy because they just might use them. Ditto North Korea. But WE actually DID it.
 
 
0 # fliteshare 2013-03-07 00:17
There was a German U-boat underway to Japan with 10 ton U235 and possibly blueprints for a nuclear device.
 
 
+1 # Sam Seaman 2013-03-05 16:07
You don't have to dismantle all the nuclear bombs -they have other uses apart from incinerating each other.

Just dismantle that mindset, and keep the bomb. If we can't dismantle that mindset, there will always be something that can be used as a weapon -dismantling a bomb is not the answer.
 
 
+4 # frederico 2013-03-05 16:10
Get a movie called "Amazing Grace and Chuck", starring Gregory Peck and Jamie Lee Curtis. It's the best Peace/Anti Nuke movie that ever came out of Hollywood, that I have seen. After a very short run in 1987, it disappeared from theaters. Rumor has it that Reagan and the fear mongers in the u.s. government censored it for "national security" concerns. After seeing it the other night, I now fully understand why they did it. The message was so compassionately strong that it could have gone viral and caused World Peace to break out. That would seriously threaten the arms manufacturers, perpetual war economy, the u.s. empire of the Death Star, etc. Please find it and watch it, and share it with young people. They deserve to know the truth, even though it may already be too late to save the species and the planet.
 
 
+2 # Wordslinger 2013-03-05 16:17
Unlike any of you, I've watched several nuclear test shots from a mountaintop overlooking the Mercury Nevada test sight. Nuclear weapons are the logical result of totally mad power seekers. Think about it, the ultimate power schtick is the ability to say "off with his head," and the deed gets done. What power crazy world leader is going to willingly throw away the ability to destroy everyone? And the truth is, nuclear weapons aren't the end all see all you might assume. In fact, we killed hundreds of thousands more Japanese through our fire bombings of Japanese cities than died at Hiroshima or Nagasaki. If everyone but N. Korea destroyed their nuclear weapons and Kim Jung Doo Doo decided to use any of his super weapons, conventional explosives delivered en mass by us or any major world power would resolve the issue in two or three days.

One thing for sure -- nobody will seriously consider scrapping their nukes unless we do. Reality.
 
 
+2 # Peppermint Twist 2013-03-05 16:30
I am totally with you re ridding the world of nuclear weapons. In fact, this has been my #1 issue for my entire life (although, in recent times, turning around global climate change has eclipsed it, but only by a hair--ANYWAY: suffice it to say, I'm with you). That said, I must take issue with your opening sentence:

"Twenty-five years ago, President Reagan laid out a vision for a world without nuclear weapons,"

Um, I must have missed that. The Reagan I remember was a bellicose war monger who believed in "peace through strength" and a Star Wars missile defense system. Once, when he thought he was off-microphone, he CHILLINGLY "quipped": "We begin bombing in five minutes".

He NEVER laid out a vision for a world without nuclear weapons. NEVER. Let the record reflect what a war-mongering, pro-nuke jerk he truly was, please.

Other than that one objection/setti ng the record straight on Reagan, I'm with you!
 
 
-1 # forparity 2013-03-05 17:51
looks like you slept through history.

I'm going to bet that you don't remember President George W Bush signing a deal with Russia, then proceeding to get rid of tens of thousands of US strategic nuclear warheads.

It's a bit hard to find the numbers - as our national media skipped out, but I'd guess that he took them down from around 8-9,000 to where Obama is picking it up - "The Moscow Treaty states that the United States and Russia will reduce their “strategic nuclear warheads” to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads by December 31, 2012."

As Obama has stated that he was looking to reduce them in the renewed START treat, from 2,200 to 1,550 ` a staggering reduction of another 650.

Guess that Bush didn't leave Obama much room for big reductions.
 
 
+2 # hoodwinkednomore 2013-03-05 17:29
Frederico, did you make those beautiful T-shirts?--the ones with Arabic writing and a temple/landscap e/human woman form--?

And as far as Valerie Plame goes, I am so delighted that she is speaking out about an anti-nuclear (bombed) world for our children!!
 
 
+4 # reiverpacific 2013-03-05 17:38
Never, ever forget the statement of the lovely "Pish Limpballs" who loudly declaimed that "The only reason to have nuclear weapons is to USE THEM"!
And a lot of ignoramuses still listed raptly to him and nod their ditto-heads at his every utterance.
But there is absolutely NO justification for a military budget and arsenal exceeding the 26 next best-armed nations combined; and for you wise-monkeys who used North Korea as justification for this, they don't even make it onto that rarified scale on their stuttering, isolated folly.
But then most of the next 26 provide Universal Healthcare before military spending, making the US more like NK as they would starve their citizens whilst building up their military.
So don't get all self-righteous.
If you REALLY want to get the truth about nuclear weapons or nuclear anything, go to Dr. Helen Caldicott's website or radio program "If you love this planet". She has made a lifelong study of the subject and led anti-nuclear activism around the globe. BTW, she really IS a true MD (pediatric), not a trumped up academician.
 
 
+1 # dick 2013-03-05 21:40
Yes, Armitage was involved. But Rove was allowed to change his Grand Jury testimony several times. Cheney PUSHED for her outing. I never said ONLY Rove should be hanged. But Armitage would be tough on the rope. Karl would squirm nicely.
 
 
-1 # forparity 2013-03-06 11:37
Armitage was involved? He was the guy who accidentally leaked Plame's name to Novak.

It was Fitzgerald who demanded Armitage, that he keep silent on the matter - while he focused on how the politics played out at the WH.

Cheney had nothing to do with Armitage talking to Novak - or mentioning Plame's name.

It's all just politics. Wilson was playing hardball politics with the Bush admin., just like folks on the other side do with the Obama admin., every day.

Besides, it's difficult to imaging - in any sense of the imagination - that Plame, at CIA - was not involved with sending her husband to Niger to poke around.

No surprise there, either. Not legal - and probably was a bit of perjury going on their was well.

All just the daily ins and outs of Washington politics - and you can bet it's been going on before, and presently.
 
 
-1 # itchyvet 2013-03-05 22:19
Whilst the idea of scrapping nukes is a good one, it is fantasy.
What puzzels me even more, is that a CIA spook who has supported this philosiphy for her entire life, should now come out of the closet, so to speak, and try to convince us, she's turned over a new leaf. C'mon. She was working hard, right up to the second she was stabbed in the back by the folks she allegedly worked for. Her own Govt. There is a saying once in the CIA, always in the CIA.
Therefore, in my humble opinion anything that emanates from this source is questionable for it's motives.
 
 
-3 # forparity 2013-03-05 22:58
the censorship is truly unbelievable.

You don't want readers to know that strategic nuclear weapons were reduced under Bush - by Bush - from almost 8,000 to 2,200 - outside of existing START treaty, which was in place until 2010 ish. And that not Obama is promising to reduce them to 1,750.

Sure - there are many caveats to all of this - but goodness, one must have a starting point -other than being silenced.
 
 
0 # RobertMStahl 2013-03-06 05:36
How can you expect idealism to solve the problem of totalitarian control which is, foremost, a demand to maintain the status quo, first educationally, then militarily. The Old Guard cannot be changed until the collective 'corpus callosum' of humanity accepts the notion that a smart second grade student could program the software to follow the money around the planet through artificial intelligence stemming out of parallel processing architecture, like a spreadsheet. Where is Indira Singh? It is perspective we are missing.

Education, a more broad context than military, indicates that there are three contexts of energy in the universe. Today, we only are aware of two, the sun's and the earth's. The one in the middle emanating from dark matter, however, brings perspective into the equation, and only that will solve this dilemma of being too idealistic. The answer lies in the book found for free and, perhaps, the only text about this subject that pivots on the notion of structure and historical fact, The Grand Unified Theory of Classical Physics. Look it up. If evolution has anything to do with learning, or learning-to-lea rn as Gregory Bateson put it, it may be too late, anyway.
 
 
0 # Buddha 2013-03-06 08:06
Nice dream, but Pandora's Box once opened cannot be refilled and closed. Until nationalism and a true "world government" happens, the threat of war between nation-states will always mean the "ultimate weapon" will be around. And a true democratic world government (not some functional world corporatocracy like it looks like we are headed for) is about as likely as me growing wings and flying south for the winter.
 
 
+1 # Roger Kotila 2013-03-07 09:50
Eliminating all nuclear weapons is what we must do. As Einstein noted, we will need a world government to be successful. Contrary to cynics and doubters, establishing a federal world union is very possible -- indeed, what must be done. World federalists have known all of this for years, and are already in the process of bringing into reality either a new UN (a democratic world federation)(see www.dwfed.org), or a new federal world union under the Earth Constitution (see www.earthfederation.info). It's really pretty simple: All nations must participate so that there are open inspections everywhere with no exceptions. World federalists know what must be done. Those who say "it can't be done" are the same who said we'd never go to the moon, never communicate worldwide via Internet/comput er, and never see peace between European nations. We don't need a miracle, we simply need to follow the lead of the world federalists.
 
 
0 # frederico 2013-03-10 16:23
+2 # hoodwinkednomor e 2013-03-05 17:29
Frederico, did you make those beautiful T-shirts?--the ones with Arabic writing and a temple/landscap e/human woman form--?

And as far as Valerie Plame goes, I am so delighted that she is speaking out about an anti-nuclear (bombed) world for our children!!

I did not make the T-Shirts. I bet they are beautiful. I am so sad to see what pain some (sub)humans cause each other.
 

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