Wednesday, November 14, 2007
"We endorse setting the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons and working energetically on the actions required to achieve that goal"
"We" in this case are noted peacenicks and defence patsies:
- Henry Kissinger (FormerUS Secretary of State)
- Gerge Shultz (Former US Secretary of State)
- William Perry (Former US secretary of Defence)
- Sam Numm (Former US Senator for Georgia, former chair of Senate Committee on Armed Services)
This is in the context of a massive US programme to replace ageing existing nuclear warheads with a 'Reliable Replacement Warhead' that does not need testing. Excellent discussion of the science behind all this and some of the ethical issues in the November 2007 issue of Scientific American (alas neither the WSJ nor SciAm allow linking to articles).
Britain of course is snagged into all sorts of byways of this argument.
It is an amazing piece, and creates real opportunities to work on the goals they set out. And they are not done - a follow-up conference on the topic happened in October, with more to come.