Seventy-two years ago on Aug. 6, 1945, the United States became the first and only country to use nuclear weapons against Japan in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today’s arsenal, with 15,000 nuclear weapons around the world, includes explosives with yields much greater than those dropped in 1945. This threat is unacceptably high.
Americans may have felt secure with past presidents; however, Donald Trump’s erratic and chaotic administration underscores the urgency of eliminating the nuclear threat. Are policymakers headed in the opposite direction? Reportedly, Trump is reviewing nuclear policy and considering building new nuclear weapons … lowering the threshold for nuclear use and changing long-held norms that America should lead the world in nuclear disarmament. What’s more, the president of the USA has sole authority over its nuclear arsenal. It’s Trump’s decision alone whether to use them, or not. This should give us all pause. It’s up to our elected leaders to change a system that gives one man the power to literally end all life on earth.
The world’s deadliest weapons will not go away unless we work to make it so. It is clear that we must do more. We must re-energize the movement to eliminate nuclear weapons.
Dolores Aragon, Meridian
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