Friday, June 29, 2007

Jerry Grossman: World Needs a "No First Strike" Commitment for Nuclear Weapons

In a provocative op-ed, President Emeritus of the Center, Jerome Grossman, argues that “Since the dawn of the nuclear age, each of the nine nuclear powers — the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea — has threatened to use nuclear weapons. This threat, which is intended to terrorize other states, must stop.”

These threatening remarks, Grossman contends, “could lead to nuclear war by accident, inadvertence, or error, with the most tragic consequences for all humanity. Most importantly, nuclear threats encourage the spread of nuclear weapons to countries seeking to protect themselves in a dangerous world dominated by nuclear aggressors.”

Grossman instead proposes that the nuclear weapons states, led by the U.S., commit to a "No First Strike" policy for their nuclear weapons, which should likewise be de-alerted from hair-trigger alert status.

Sounds reasonable to me.

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