October 27, 2016 the UN General Assembly considered resolution L-41, a document designed to abolish nuclear weapons globally. The final vote was 123 (of 195) countries in support with 38 in opposition. There were sixteen abstentions. The USA opposes abolition.
UN General Assembly Resolution 1653, adopted in 1961, states: “Any nation using nuclear and thermonuclear weapons is to be considered as violating the charter of the United Nations, as acting contrary to the laws of humanity and as committing a crime against humanity and civilization.” What prevented a call for abolition in that moment?
Leaders in the II Vatican Council drew up an equally strong condemnation of nuclear weapons in 1962.
Abolition of slavery took centuries with Mauritania being the final country to do so in 1981.
Nine nations are presently enslaved to 15,000 nuclear weapons globally. These weapons are hundreds of times more destructive than small 20-kiloton bombs that incinerated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Fire-bombing of Tokyo killed thousands before August 6th and 9th, 1945.
The atomic age emerged in the United States in July 1945. Einstein’s only regret in life was consenting to his “giving birth to a monster.”
Will US officials in 2017 reflect (It’s 3 minutes to Midnight) on the fact there are only 123 critical burn units in a nation with dozens of cities containing over 100,000 people?
Perhaps 2017 will find more rational members of the UN giving unanimous support to L-41 and abolish weapons that could easily terminate life on Earth.