Murray Polner: the dangerous game goes on between the three powers until someone either devises a diplomatic solution with people they may not like or we slip mindlessly into a nuclear war.
Lawrence Wittner: The nuclear weapons modernization program is particularly startling when set against President Obama’s April 2009 pledge to build a nuclear weapons-free world.
Iranian Nuclear Proposals — Iran pushes back against statements that Tehran must “dismantle” some of its nuclear program.
John Macmurrary: With the increasing and increasingly shrill volume of rhetoric about war with Iran, it might be a good time to let the White House and our elected representatives know how we feel about that.
Marti Hiken and Luke Hiken: What we are really seeing in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc., is the U.S. attacking sovereign nations and constituencies and turning them into one-sided attempts by this country to destabilize established governments.
Lawrence Wittner: By scrapping plans for nuclear weapons “modernization” and for national missile defense—programs that are both useless and provocative—the United States would save $271 billion (well over a quarter of a trillion dollars) in the next ten years.
Brent Budowsky: Had Gadhafi successfully executed his greatest mass murder while the world watched silently, it would have emboldened bad actors considering mass slaughters of democracy advocates throughout the Middle East.
Tom Hayden: It is time for Obama, and more Americans, to read their Eisenhower and begin again.
Lawrence S. Wittner: One of the ironies of the current international situation is that, although some government leaders now talk of building a nuclear weapons-free world, there has been limited public mobilization around that goal—at least compared to the action-packed 1980s.
Norman Solomon: Sixty-five years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, the University of California imprimatur is an air freshener for the stench of preparations for global annihilation.
Ed Rampell: Zero is also original in terms of its own, new material, which includes interviews with a number of establishment figures and others, such as: the outed CIA operative Valerie Plame
Of course, a case can be made that it is better for a nation to win a war than to lose it. But perhaps it is time to learn from the world’s tragic, blood-stained history that there is a third alternative: using our intelligence and creativity to resolve conflicts without war.
This August, when hundreds of Hiroshima Day vigils and related antinuclear activities occur around the United States, many Americans will wonder at their relevance. After all, the nuclear danger that characterized the Cold War is now far behind us, isn’t it? Unfortunately, it is not.