Hello, friends, and welcome to World Focus. There was a wonderful gathering of peace and justice organizations recently, and I want you to hear a few of the words spoken there. The victims – both dead and alive – of the two greatest terrorist actions in world history are speaking to us as Hibakusha. They are begging us to abolish the terror of nuclear weapons.
But nuclear weapons states are offering nothing but exhaustive cliches about deterrence and test bans. The majority of the world’s nations, and many of our citizens, together with the United Nations, realize that we simply can’t buy in to these worn out approaches which has simply led to an imminent danger of nuclear war as state by our former secretary of defense, William Perry, who said: “I believe the risk of nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War, and yet our public is blissfully unaware of the new nuclear dangers they face.” Pope Francis agrees saying we must “insure that nuclear weapons are banned once and for all for the benefit of our common home.”
“We do not need to ban tests. We need to ban nuclear weapons.” This was Albert Schweitzer’s response to a request to ban nuclear testing; he refused to sign, saying we need to ban the weapons themselves, as we ban some chemical and biological weapons. But Paul says, “The Love of money is the root of all evil.” Weapons production is far more profitable for immediate gain than diplomacy. Diplomacy is far more productive in the long run and leads to justice and peace. But the love of immediate gain drives our economy into unending war mongering and unending war. (Read More)