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Dear Moderators of the Presidential Debates: How About Raising the Issue of How to Avert Nuclear War?

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/29/dear-moderators-presidential-debates-how-about-raising-issue-how-avert-nuclear-war

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We could circulate a lie that we now have a weapon that can eliminate any threat from the sky.

I agree. This is an important topic to be discussed in an upcoming debate.

Lawrence Wittner is correct, humanity faces ‘a global catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude’. The media should be paying more attention, but isn’t. Perhaps there is a sense of complacence: the Cold War ended without nuclear holocaust. But it is the very confidence it can be avoided again that threatens to lead us into it. Today’s crisis differs from the Cold War. The nuclear powers are increasingly unable to prevent the scenarios where Mutual Assured Destruction might have to be resorted to. We will soon face the scenario where (unlike the Cuban missile crisis or Euro missile crisis) one protagonist will not be able to step back from the brink, blindly stumbling into a situation they cannot de-escalate. There are many potential flash points: the South China Sea, Iran, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Moldova to name a few. History shows that Great Powers end up getting the very war they seek to avoid. The course the world is on will end with nuclear annihilation. That is supported by the pattern of history. Paradoxically, the only way of preventing nuclear holocaust is to accept its inevitability. Everyone can hide from the truth through fantasy. But that will never protect us from the reality we are about to face.


“— adding new, improved types of nuclear weapons to their arsenals —”

The only improved types of nuclear weapons are the ones not made or those dismantled.

Because one day, as with all technology, a mistake will happen. And it will be the last mistake ever made.

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