COMMENTARY ARCHIVES, 9 Jun 2009
Honoré Daumier drew a cartoon of a disarmament conference. A group of generals and presidents stood in front of a door called disarmament, and complimented one another, "You go first."
In Geneva, business negotiators rent a hotel room. UN functionaries rent an apartment. And disarmament negotiators buy a house.
When someone argued, "We have had nuclear weapons for 50 years and nothing has happened," Helen Caldicott said, "A man was jumping down from the top of a 100-story sky-scraper, and on the 50th floor, someone looked out the window and asked him while he was passing by, ‘How is it going?’ to which he replied, ‘Fine so far!’"
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 9 Jun 2009.
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