Every semi-literate person in the atomic age recalls Albert Einstein’s 1946 warning: “The unleashed power of the atom bomb has changed everything, except our modes of thinking, and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophes.” (The Quotable Einstein p. 175)
All major news sources in the United States have seemingly done their utmost to prevent awareness of UN proposal L-41 which bans nuclear armaments globally.
L-41 passed on October 27, 2016 by a margin of 123 – 37 with 16 abstentions.
Ironically, there are only 123 critical burn units in the USA, one of which is located at Lourdes Medical Center in Lafayette, LA. It is the only burn unit for southwest Louisiana. Henry, LA is a small community in the state which was one of the KGB’s top ten targets during the Cold War. One surgical strike on the “Henry Hub” would interrupt flow of energy to the upper forty eight states.
Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow (13- year old girl when Hiroshima was bombed on august 6, 1945) drew a loud and sustained ovation from hundreds of diplomats who gathered at the UN on March 27 for opening of the first-ever negotiations on a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.
Thurlow’s proclamation was simple and clear: “THIS TREATY WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.”
The spirit of Einstein must have reigned over UN delegates – except for US Ambassador Nikki Haley who was standing outside the UN General Assembly, explaining why the US and other nuclear-armed and nuclear-dependent states are boycotting the first major UN initiative to confront the threat of nuclear war in decades. She said: “We can’t honestly say that we can protect our people by allowing the bad actors to have (nuclear weapons) and those of us who are good, trying to keep peace and safety, not to have them.”
May 18, 2017 the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War reported “More than 130 participating countries came together around the essential prohibitions that must be included in a humanitarian-based treaty that will finally declare nuclear weapons illegal.”
Pope John XXIII called for abolition of nuclear weapons in the 1960’s. Pope Francis made the same appeal in December 2014 and has repeated the appeal several times since then.
UN Resolution #1653, passed in 1961 is a resounding condemnation of any nation that uses nuclear weapons as “committing a crime against humanity and the charter of the UN.” The Second Vatican Council followed in 1962 with a denunciation of any weapons of mass destruction.
The treaty of Tlateloco (Mexico) was signed on February 14, 1967 which bans nuclear weapons from Latin America and the Caribbean region.
Perhaps Ambassador Haley can reflect on Einstein’s warning and US Navy Admiral Noel Gaylor who said, “The only defense against nuclear weapons is to stop building them.” L-41 must pass in 2017.