July 7, 2017 was our global liberation day when 122 (of 195) countries of the UN voted to abolish nuclear weapons. Religious leaders have called for abolition of city destroying weapons since Pope John XXIII did so in 1965.
Admiral Noel Gayler (1914- 2011) spent 45 years on active duty in the US Navy. Gayler was foremost among several military US nuclear abolitionists who spoke at Haverford College on Hiroshima Memorial Day August 6, 1982: “The day we dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima we made ourselves completely defenseless. The day we detonated a hydrogen bomb we made ourselves 1000 times more defenseless. The only defense against nuclear weapons is to stop building them!” The entire audience of hundreds stood for a thundering three-minute applause.
Admiral Gayler continued his campaign against nuclear weapons until his 90’s.
Ironically, the number of nations voting for abolition of weapons capable of incinerating entire cities is nearly the same as the 123 critical burn units in the US.
Tiny Henry, LA was one of the top ten targets of the KGB in Cold War days. One surgical strike on the town of Henry would cut off energy for the upper forty-eight states. Nearby Lourdes Medical Center in Lafayette has the only burn unit for southwest Louisiana.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists “Doomsday Clock” on every cover has the minute hand at two minutes before midnight – our hour of nuclear conflagration. 11:58 is the closest in modern history.
Will all nuclear countries soon respect the UN vote of July 7, 2017? President Kennedy called the third use of such weapons “our final mistake.” Over 7000 Mayors For Peace in 163 countries invite other mayors to support abolition. 11:58 means our time for wisdom is growing short.