New Hampshire Peace Action Executive Director Will Hopkins and Arnie Alpert of New Hampshire’s American Friends Service Committee office had a terrific op-ed in the Manchester (NH) Union Leader on Monday.
We have been lucky, but at some point, if we don’t change course and if the U.S. and Russia keep our missiles on high alert status, our luck is liable to run out.
Yet instead of pursuing negotiations with the Russians and other nuclear powers for worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons, or taking steps to de-alert our existing missiles, the U.S. is planning a total overhaul of its nuclear weapons program, including new generations of nuclear warheads, bombers, land-based missiles, air-launched missiles and submarines.
The projected price tag? About $1 trillion over the next 30 years.
If the United States and Russia exchanged 1,000 nuclear warheads (less than one-twelfth of our combined arsenals), the resulting impact on the climate would render the planet uninhabitable.
Even an exchange of 50 to 100 nuclear warheads would result in global famine capable of killing off one third of humanity.
From rising wealth inequality and poverty, to ISIS and Al-Qaida, and to our crumbling infrastructure, nuclear weapons do nothing to protect us from the real threats we face. Spending a trillion dollars for more or “better” ones makes us less safe and diverts precious funds from what we need.
It also defies our obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and creates tremendous obstacles to any efforts aimed at preventing new countries from acquiring their own weapons of mass destruction.
You pick: veterans’ health care, reducing the cost of higher education, repairing roads and bridges, assuring that no one is poisoned by our public water supplies; there are multiple better places to invest our public resources.
On April 18, tax day 2016, please join us in calling on our elected leadership to oppose the trillion dollar nuclear weapons plan, push for deep cuts and de-alerting of our nuclear stockpile, and for putting our tax dollars to work in ways that will make us more secure.
Will Hopkins is executive director of New Hampshire Peace Action. Arnie Alpert is co-director of the American Friends Service Committee’s New Hampshire program.
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