“Unspeakable horror”

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Beyond Nuclear board member, Karl Grossman, writing this week on Counterpunch, gives a thorough run-down of the nuclear threats we face, which in part contributed to the decision by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to keep the hands of the Doomsday Clock at 90 seconds to midnight, the closest they have ever been.

You can read the full article here.

Grossman quotes several world luminaries, including UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who said: “We cannot allow the nuclear weapons wielded by a handful of states to jeopardize all life on our planet. We must stop knocking at doomsday’s door.” And he quotes Pope Francis, who, during a visit to Nagasaki, referred to the “unspeakable horror” of nuclear weapons and added: “A world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary.”

That North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might be preparing for war, even a nuclear war, added to the raised alarms articulated during the Doomsday Clock announcement on January 23rd.

As Grossman observes in the article: “Can the atomic genie be put back in the bottle? Anything people have done other people can undo. And the prospect of massive loss of life from nuclear destruction is the best of reasons.”

(Photo: Nagasaki1945, San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive, Wikimedia Commons.)


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