October 27, 2016 the United Nations considered resolution L-41, a proposition that all nations strive for abolition of nuclear weapons. The motion passed with 123 nations (of 195) voting for abolition while 38 opposed the planetary preserving abolition of weapons that could simply abort the future of all life on Earth. Sixteen nations abstained. The United States was counted in opposition among nine countries in possession of 16,300 nuclear devices. As one of the designers of atomic weapons, J. Robert Oppenheimer warned, “The next war will be fought with dozens, perhaps hundreds of nuclear weapons.” Everyone will be victimized.
The National Catholic Reporter (NCR), based in Kansas City, MO, courageously placed information about the new abolition on their front page, December 16th, 2016.
Few people apart from historians and military experts know that WWI casualties were eleven million military and seven million civilians. An estimated fifty to eighty million died in WWII. The greatest toll of one hundred million followed European colonization of the “New World” North, Central and Latin America.
Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP) was devised in the Pentagon for a nuclear first strike on the Cold War enemies of China and Russia. Daniel Ellsberg was a thirty-year old worker in the Pentagon at the time of President John F. Kennedy. Perhaps JFK urged Ellsberg to inquire how many casualties could be expected if SIOP was carried out. Ellsberg received a single page from senior officers marked “SECRET”
The answer was a stark “600 million.” (Almighty by Dan Zak, p. 73)
Would not the future of Earth, our “common home” and all living creatures be aborted in the event of another nuclear exchange? Who will be the potentate to call for use of nuclear weapons the third time?
2017 might bring about passage of L-41 and abolition of all nuclear weapons.
Richard Nixon became the first US president to visit China. An ardent foe of communism brought forth the most unexpected surprise in modern history. Which 21st century leader could openly support universal adoption of L-41 to abolish nuclear weapons? Our future depends upon such courage. 123 countries voted for abolition of nuclear weapons. There are only 123 critical burn units in the USA.
Lafayette, LA is alone in this category with a burn unit at Lourdes Regional Medical Center. Will we encourage passage of L-41 by breaking open the secret? Our unborn future pleads with each one.