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Nuclear Weapons

  • A world without nuclear weapons may be a dream but you cannot base a sure defense on dreams. Without far greater trust and confidence between East and West than exists at present, a world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.

    • Margaret Thatcher,
    • speech at official Soviet banquet, St. George's Halls, The Kremlin, in Time ()
  • Every nuclear bomb is an Auschwitz waiting to happen.

  • It is ironical that in an age when we have prided ourselves on our progress in the intelligent care and teaching of children we have at the same time put them at the mercy of new and most terrible weapons of destruction.

  • Despite official drivel about clean bombs and tactical nuclear weapons, anyone who can read a newspaper or listen to a radio knows that some of us mortals have the power to destroy the human race and man's home on earth. We need not even make war; only by preparing, by playing with our new weapons, we poison the air, the water, the soil of our plants, damage the health of the living, and weaken the chances of the newborn.

  • Bombs know no ism but barbarism. The laws that successfully govern a peaceful and democratic society do not interfere with the only law bombs know, which is the law of gravity.

  • As a physician, I see the earth as a patient in the intensive care unit. We have an acute clinical crisis on our hands and must take urgent action. My prescription for survival is that the American people rise up as they did in the 1980s, when 80 percent of Americans supported the nuclear weapons freeze.

    • Helen Caldicott,
    • "Ending the Nuclear Crisis," in Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, Stop the Next War Now ()
  • Terrorists do not actually need nuclear weapons. They have been conveniently supplied with 103 nuclear power plants scattered throughout the United States (438 of these deadly facilities exist throughout the world). A planned meltdown at one of these facilities would make the World Trade Center attacks seem like child's play. The massive concrete containers protecting the reactors are not strong enough to withstand the impact of a jumbo jet.

  • The nihilistic conviction that human beings are meaningless, that life itself is meaningless, had taken on material form. Nuclear self-destruction was its logical expression, evidence of the absurdity of believing that human existence had meaning and purpose.

  • The must touted information age has not made for a more educated and astute public. The truth about the most urgent matter on the planet, the precarious state of the nuclear weapons arsenal and the diabolical ambitions of the captains of the nuclear weapons industry, remains largely unknown, and most people seem to prefer it that way.