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Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

In August 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, bringing death to 300,000 human beings, creating pain and endless suffering in the lives of countless others. Now nine countries have nuclear bombs; many more have the capacity to make them. Today, there are, in combat readiness, enough bombs to kill the world population many times over…And there is no defense. Nuclear war could happen any day – by accident, by design, by miscalculation, by terrorism, by madness….

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How Healthy are the Candidates

How Healthy are the Candidates

If you apply for residence in a retirement community you will be required to furnish medical information about your present state of health as well as your complete medical history. That information will determine whether or not you will be accepted. If you are a candidate for president or vice president of the United States of America, with the responsibilities of commander-in-chief and the duty to execute the will of the Congress or vetoing their bills, there is no requirement…

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A Message from Council for A Livable World

A Message from Council for A Livable World

The older generation has an important political and moral responsibility to educate the younger generation about the dangers of nuclear weapons and how these dangers can be defused. Freed from a constant nuclear standoff as a dominant fact of international life, the younger generations have never experienced a face off with another nuclear superpower that could have exploded in mere moments into a nuclear holocaust. Nor did these newer generations hide under their desks in elementary school as a practice…

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Yes, We Can Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Yes, We Can Abolish Nuclear Weapons

A major disappointment in the presidential race has been the failure of the three surviving candidates to address nuclear weapons, the greatest existential threat to planet Earth, to the human race itself, and of course, by extension to the United States of America. The failure is extraordinary because the abolition of nuclear weapons has been raised recently and repeatedly by some of the most respected and powerful personages in the U.S. military, the federal government, and corporate America. How could…

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Revisiting Ronald Reagan

Revisiting Ronald Reagan

All of the current Republican candidates for president regularly and repeatedly invoke the name and the spirit of Ronald Reagan as the patron saint of the party, hoping to bless themselves by adoration of his life and work. Even one Democrat, Barack Obama has used the spirit of Reagan as an endorsement of change saying to a Nevada newspaper that Reagan offered a “sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing.” Reagan did change American politics by assembling a…

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The Most Important Issue

The Most Important Issue

President Ronald Reagan said that nuclear weapons are “totally irrational, totally inhumane, good for nothing but killing, possibly destructive of life on earth and civilization.” On March 23, 1983, President Reagan’s proposed to “eliminate the weapons themselves.” In 1985, at their Geneva Summit Conference, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev made their joint statement that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” In January 2007, a conference on nuclear weapons was held at the very…

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The Iranians Have Disappointed Us

The Iranians Have Disappointed Us

Gosh, what a disappointment. You can’t even trust the CIA anymore. Imagine, all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies agree that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Where is George Tenet when we need him – to give us a slam dunk or whatever we asked for? Or Saint Colin Powell who would vouch for the war program after some sobbing. And the intelligence community has admitted it was wrong. That is no way to run a government operation. Rule…

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Less Violence in Iraq?

Less Violence in Iraq?

The U. S. Government and the media report that American military and Iraqi civilian casualties have declined significantly for several months. Given the record of the Bush administration in manufacturing information, the American people have a right to be skeptical and suspicious about the accuracy of the count. While the media echoes the same numbers, too often their reporters reside in the comparative comfort and safety of the protected Green Zone and pass along to the public the figures released…

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The “Madness” of King George Bush

The “Madness” of King George Bush

On October 17, President George W. Bush issued a stark warning to the entire world, that if Iran obtained nuclear arms, it could lead to “World War III.” A few days later, Vice- President Richard Cheney reiterated the message, sending a more specific warning to Iran: “We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.” Why did President Bush use “World War III?” A U.S. attack on Iran need not involve other nations; Iran has no allies with the…

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Take the Nuclear Option Off The Table

Take the Nuclear Option Off The Table

When American officials, generals, and politicians are asked about relations with Iran and North Korea, too often they reply threateningly, “No military option is off the table.” That is an implicit threat to use nuclear weapons and a violation of The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. One of the politicians making such a statement is Senator Barack Obama, Democratic candidate for President. In a recent national security speech, he declared “We must never take the military option off…

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