Articles by David Krieger

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Standing with Pablo
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

Like the three tenors, like three pillars,
there are three Pablos for peace:
Picasso, Neruda and Peredes.

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A Conspiracy of Decency
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

We will conspire to keep this blue dot floating and alive,
to keep the soldiers from gunning down the children;
to make the water clean and clear and plentiful,

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Hacking Nuclear Weapon Systems: A New Weakness in Nuclear Deterrence Theory
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Dec 2018

There are many ways a nuclear attack could be initiated. These include the four “Ms” of Malice, Madness, Mistake and Miscalculation. Of these ways of initiating a nuclear attack, only malice could possibly be inhibited by nuclear deterrence (fear of nuclear retaliation), and such an inhibition from attack would not be reliable due to psychological and communication issues that are required for nuclear deterrence to be effective.

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A Message to Today’s Young People: Put an End to the Nuclear Weapons Era
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

Nuclear weapons were created to kill indiscriminately. That means women, men, children – everyone. Even during war, under the rules of international law, that kind of mass killing is illegal. It is also immoral.

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Wake Up!
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Sep 2018

The alarm is sounding.
Can you hear it?
Can you hear the bells
of Nagasaki
ringing out for peace?

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In Our Hubris
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Sep 2018

We have, through our cleverness,
created nuclear weapons and found a way
to live with them.

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Nuclear Abolition: The Road from Armageddon to Transformation
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Sep 2018

10 Sep 2018 – The sunlight-blocking dust generated by the detonation of, say, 300 thermonuclear weapons in a war between the US and Russia could trigger a new Ice Age, dropping global temperatures to the lowest levels in 18,000 years, and leaving civilization utterly destroyed. Those who would survive the blast, heat, and radiation of nuclear war would live in a nuclear winter of freezing temperatures and perpetual darkness. The survivors would likely envy the dead.

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Another Hiroshima Day Has Passed
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

And there are still nuclear weapons in the world.
They are still on hair-trigger alert, weapons
with no concern for you or me or anyone.

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Violating the Iran Deal: Playing with Nuclear Fire
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

9 May 2018 – President Trump has demonstrated yet again why he lacks the understanding, intelligence and temperament to be president of the United States. By violating the Iran nuclear deal, he is undermining the security of the U.S., our allies and the world. He has just fired another serious warning shot across the bow of democracy, one that bodes ill for the nuclear non-proliferation regime, for peace and for the future of our democratic institutions.

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A Bomber Pilot Speaks
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

The stain of death spreads below,
but from my cockpit I see none of it.
I only drop bombs as I have been trained

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U.S. Should Accept Putin’s Offer to Negotiate on Nukes
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 May 2018

The U.S. should take him up on this offer. As the two most powerful nuclear powers on the planet, with enough nuclear weapons to end civilization as we know it and possibly the human species, the two countries need to be engaged in productive and good-faith negotiations to end the nuclear weapons threat to each other and to all humanity.

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Archeology of War
David Krieger - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 May 2018

The years of war have numbed us,
grinding us down as they pile up one upon
the other forming a burial mound not only

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US Nuclear Posturing Has Adversaries Gearing Up, Not Standing Down
David Krieger | The Hill – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2018

3 Mar 2018 – The biggest problem with a nuclear deterrent force arises in attempts to determine its effectiveness. How can possessors of nuclear weapons assure that their nuclear weapons are effective in being a deterrent? The answer is that they cannot do so in any physical sense. The nuclear deterrent force relies instead on creating psychological barriers. Since it operates at the psychological level, one can never be sure it is effective. Or, it may only appear to be effective until it fails, and failure could be catastrophic.

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Standing with Pablo
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Mar 2018

Like the three tenors, like three pillars,
there are three Pablos for peace:
Picasso, Neruda and Peredes.

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Nuclear Abolition: A Sisyphean Task?
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2018

15 Feb 2018 – Nuclear weapons threaten everyone and everything we love and cherish. Why do we accept and tolerate these intolerable weapons? Every thinking person on the planet should stand against these omnicidal weapons and work for their elimination. Nine leaders in nine countries have their fingers on the nuclear button.

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With Nuclear Weapons, Evacuation Is Not an Option
David Krieger | The Hill – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2018

In our community, we have been living through radical uncertainty from forces of nature. But we also live daily with the radical uncertainty of nuclear survival, which is not a force of nature, but rather a man-made threat. It is a threat entirely of our own making, and it can be remedied by facing it and doing something about it, namely convening the nuclear-armed countries to negotiate the phased, verifiable, irreversible and transparent elimination of these weapons.

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2018 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review Released by Trump Administration
David Krieger and Rick Wayman | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2018

2 Feb 2018 –The 2018 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review, released today, represents a reckless realignment of an already dangerous U.S. nuclear policy. Trump administration plan calls for smaller nuclear weapons making nuclear war far more likely.

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Ten Nuclear Wishes for the New Year
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jan 2018

1. That Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s past will not become any other city’s future.
2. That the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will get at least 50 ratifications and enter into force…

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Progress toward Nuclear Weapons Abolition
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Dec 2017

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation was founded in early 1980s on the belief that peace is an imperative of the Nuclear Age, that nuclear weapons must be abolished, and that the people of the world must lead their leaders to achieve these goals. As a founder of the organization, and as its president since its founding, it now seems an appropriate time to look back and reflect on the changes that have occurred over the past 35 years.

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Decoding Donald
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Dec 2017

The world’s best hope is that the military men surrounding Trump, particularly Secretary of Defense Mattis, would recognize any order from Trump to launch nuclear weapons as an illegal order and refuse to carry it out. In addition, it should be recognized by Congress that Trump is mentally unstable and unfit for office, and that they must take the necessary steps to remove him from the presidency before it is too late. Impeachment would be the best way to decode Donald.

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Overcoming Nuclear Crises: North Korea and Beyond
Richard Falk and David Krieger | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jun 2017

This jointly authored essay was initially published in The Hill on May 30, 2017 under the title, Averting the Ticking Time Bomb of Nukes in North Korea. We did not choose such a title that is doubly misleading: our contention is not that North Korea is the core of the problem, but rather the retention of nuclear weapons by all of the states pose both crises in the context of counter-proliferation geopolitics and with respect to the possession, deployment, and development of the weaponry itself; a second objection is with the title given the piece by editors at The Hill. While acknowledging the practice of media outlets to decide on titles without seeking prior approval from authors, this title is particularly objectionable to me. The term ‘nukes’ gives an almost friendly shorthand to these most horrific of weapons, and strikes a tone that trivializes what should be regarded at all times with solemnity.

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Averting the Ticking Time Bomb of Nukes in North Korea
Richard Falk and David Krieger | The Hill – TRANSCEND Media Service~, 5 Jun 2017

30 May 2017 – Alarmingly, tensions between the United States and North Korea have again reached crisis proportions. Until this structure of nuclearism is itself overcome, crises will almost certainly continue to occur. It is foolhardy to suppose that nuclear catastrophes can be indefinitely averted without addressing these deeper challenges that have existed ever since the original atomic attack on Hiroshima.

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Earth Day 2017
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

Be advised: this poem may be interrupted
by a nuclear war.

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A Better Mousetrap?
David Krieger | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Mar 2017

23 Mar 2017 – Albert Einstein noted, “Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.” We humans have created the equivalent of a mousetrap for ourselves. And we’ve constructed tens of thousands of them over the seven decades of the Nuclear Age.

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An Open Letter to Trump and Putin: The World Needs Nuclear Zero
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – The Hill, 20 Feb 2017

16 Feb 2017 – As the leaders of the USA and Russia, the two countries with the largest nuclear arsenals, you have the grave responsibility of assuring that nuclear weapons are not used — or their use overtly threatened — during your period of leadership. We, the undersigned, implore you to commence negotiations to reduce the dangers of a nuclear war, by mistake or malice, and immediately commit your respective governments to the realizable objective of a nuclear weapons-free world.

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The Simple Act of Pushing a Button
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2016

On one side of the ledger is everything natural and extraordinary about life with its long evolution bringing us to the present and poised to carry its processes forward into the future. On the other side of the ledger is “the button,” capable of bringing most life on the planet to a screeching halt. Also on this side of the ledger are those people who remain ignorant or apathetic to the nuclear dangers confronting humanity.

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The Power of Imagination
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2016

20 Aug 2016 – Albert Einstein, the great 20th century scientist and humanitarian, wrote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Let us exercise our imaginations.

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Ten Lessons from Chernobyl and Fukushima
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2016

The nuclear power plant accident at Chernobyl was repeated, albeit with a different set of circumstances, at Fukushima. Have our societies yet learned any lessons that will prevent the people of the future from experiencing such devastation? As poet Maya Angelou points out, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage doesn’t need to be lived again.”

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Ten Worst Acts of the Nuclear Age
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2016

The ten worst acts of the Nuclear Age described below have set the tone for our time. They have caused immense death and suffering; been tremendously expensive; have encouraged nuclear proliferation; have opened the door to nuclear terrorism, nuclear accidents and nuclear war; and are leading the world back into a second Cold War.

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Message to the Wall
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2016

Dear Wall,
Your polished surface deceives.
You appear serene, yet you are bursting with anguish and lost potential.

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A Tree for the Victims
David Krieger | Global Poetry – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2016

As far away as London, there is a solid tree,
a stately tree, I would say, casting a broad shadow
on a cool green lawn.

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Take Three Gifts on Your Journey
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 9 May 2016

Mr. President,
The word is out.
You will visit Hiroshima in May.
In Hiroshima, nuclear weapons become real.

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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: A Voice for Peace
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 11 Apr 2016

I believe that complacency has four principal elements: apathy, conformity, ignorance and denial. Together these four elements form the acronym ACID, and they are corrosive to a decent human future or to any future at all. We must transform apathy to empathy; conformity to critical thinking; ignorance to wisdom; and denial to recognition of the threats that nuclear weapons pose to our common future.

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Message to Youth
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2016

You are not required
to kill on command, to wear
a uniform, to camouflage yourself,
to place medals on your chest,

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North Korea: How Many Wake-Up Calls Will It Take?
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2016

North Korea has been roundly condemned for its nuclear tests, including this one. To put this in perspective, however, the U.S. has conducted more than 1,000 nuclear tests, continues to conduct subcritical nuclear tests, has not ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, is in breach of its obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, regularly tests nuclear-capable missiles, and plans to spend $1 trillion modernizing its nuclear arsenal.

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An Open Letter to the American People: Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age
Richard Falk, David Krieger and Robert Laney – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2016

What is most notable about the Nuclear Age is that we humans, by our scientific and technological ingenuity, have created the means of our own demise. The world currently is confronted by many threats to human wellbeing, and even civilizational survival, but we focus here on the particular grave dangers posed by nuclear weapons and nuclear war.

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We Are Living at the Edge of a Nuclear Precipice
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2016

With nuclear weapons, what could possibly go wrong? The short answer is: Everything. The ever-present dangers of nuclear proliferation, nuclear accidents and miscalculations, nuclear terrorism and nuclear war. Instead of nuclear deterrence and modernization of arsenals, we need to negotiate in good faith for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. That is, we need to break free of our acidic complacency and commit ourselves to achieving a nuclear zero world.

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Humanize, Not Modernize
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 7 Sep 2015

In the Nuclear Age, our technological capacity for destruction has outpaced our spiritual and moral capacity to control these destructive technologies. The Foundation is a voice for those committed to exercising conscience and choosing a decent future for all humanity.

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A Short History Lesson: 1945
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Aug 2015

August 6th:
Dropped atomic bomb
On civilians
At Hiroshima.

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Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 10 Aug 2015

On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing some 90,000 people immediately and another 55,000 by the end of 1945. Three days later, the United States dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki, killing some 40,000 people immediately and another 35,000 by the end of 1945.

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In Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2015

The heat of summer is oppressive.
Children pass by in groups, chattering.

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Wake Up!
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2015

The alarm is sounding.
Can you hear it?

Can you hear the bells
of Nagasaki
ringing out for peace?

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The Nuclear Age at Seventy
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 6 Jul 2015

The first explosion of a nuclear device took place at Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945. Just three weeks later, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima and three days after that on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

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Nuclear Weapons: Grand Bargain Is Not So Grand
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2015

The five nuclear-armed countries that are parties to the NPT (US, Russia, UK, France and China) appear more comfortable working together to maintain and modernize their nuclear arsenals than they do to fulfilling their disarmament obligations under the treaty. Their common strategy appears to be “nuclear weapons forever.” The US plans to spend $1 trillion on modernizing its nuclear arsenal over the next three decades.

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Hubris versus Wisdom
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 11 May 2015

Humankind must not be complacent in the face of the threat posed by nuclear weapons. The future of humanity and all life depends upon the outcome of the ongoing struggle between hubris and wisdom. Hubris is an ancient Greek word meaning extreme arrogance. Wisdom is cautionary good sense.

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A Poem for the Crossroads
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2015

I would like to write a poem and nail it
to a stake at humanity’s crossroads.
It would say: choose your path wisely.

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Testing Nuclear Weapons in the Marshall Islands
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2015

The islands were alive
with the red-orange fire of sunset
splashed on a billowy sky.

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On Modernizing the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal
David Krieger - Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 8 Dec 2014

Modernization of the US nuclear arsenal is not the only choice we have. A far better and saner choice is to end the nuclear weapons era, and that can only be done by diplomacy and negotiations for a nuclear weapons-free world.

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Peace Leadership
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 10 Nov 2014

We live in a time of war and in a world that sacrifices its children at the altar of violence. There are children growing up today who have never known peace. Can you imagine what this must be like?

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U.S. Nuclear Policy: Taking the Wrong Road
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 6 Oct 2014

On September 21, 2014, the International Day of Peace, The New York Times published an article, “U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms.” Federal study put the price tag for modernizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal at “up to a trillion dollars” over the next three decades.

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Nuclear Weapons Do Not Make Us Safer
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Sep 2014

Rather than continuing to posture with its nuclear weapons in Europe, the United States should be leading the way in convening negotiations to eliminate all nuclear weapons for its own security and that of all the world’s inhabitants.

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Nuclear Zero: Getting to the Finish Line
David Krieger - Truthout, 9 Apr 2012

Almost five decades ago, I first visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was 18 years after the atomic bombings flattened the two cities, and in that time they had returned to a kind of normalcy. At the memorial museums, though, a very different perspective on nuclear weapons was presented than that taught in American schools. It was the perspective from below the bombs – that of the victims – not the technological perspective of having created and used the bombs.

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For Nuclear Security beyond Seoul, Eradicate Land-Based ‘Doomsday’ Missiles
David Krieger and Daniel Ellsberg – The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Apr 2012

America’s 450 launch-ready land-based nuclear-armed ballistic missiles are the opposite of a deterrent to attack. In fact, their very deployment has the potential to launch World War III and precipitate human extinction – as a result of a false alarm. We’re not exaggerating.

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Occupy Peace
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2011

The Occupy movement is demonstrating its durability and perseverance. Like a Daruma doll, each time it is knocked off balance it serenely pops back up. The movement has been seeking justice for the 99 percent, and justice is an essential element of peace. World military expenditures exceed $1.5 trillion annually, and the United States spends more than half of this amount, more than the rest of the world combined. In the nuclear age, war is far too dangerous; it has the potential to end civilization and most life on the planet. Peace is an imperative.

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US Plans Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Test on International Day of Peace
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 5 Sep 2011

The General Assembly declared in its Resolution 55/282 that “the International Day of Peace [21 September] shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day.” The United States has announced that its next test of a Minuteman III will occur on September 21, 2011. So, on the 2011 International Day of Peace, the United States has chosen not “to honor a cessation of hostilities,” but rather to implement a very visible, $20 million test of a nuclear-capable missile.

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The Indoctrination of Missile Launch Officers
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2011

The US Air Force has a history of indoctrinating its missile launch officers to assure that these officers will have no moral qualms about following orders to use weapons of mass annihilation. It includes numerous quotations from both the Old and New Testaments to make the case for the morality of war. For example, “Jesus Christ is the mighty warrior.” (Revelation 19:11)

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Mother Nature and Nuclear Power
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2011

The major lessons to be drawn from the tragedy in Japan are: first, nature’s power is far beyond our ability to control; second, the nuclear industry, in Japan and elsewhere, has arrogantly pushed ahead with their dangerous technology, assuring the public there is no reason for concern; third, the reassurances of self-interested nuclear “experts” are not to be trusted; and fourth, the nuclear power plant failures in Japan are a final wake-up call to replace nuclear power with safe, sustainable and renewable forms of energy.

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Nuclear Dangers and Opportunities in the Middle East
Richard Falk and David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 27 Sep 2010

Hardly a week goes by without an Israeli top official threatening to attack Iran so as to disrupt or destroy its nuclear program, which is suspected of moving in the direction of acquiring nuclear weapons. Shamelessly, as well, the extreme right think tanks in the Washington Beltway and many faithful followers of Israel echo these dangerous sentiments. They send Tel Aviv a signal that it has a green light to launch an attack on Iran at the time of its choosing, along with the reassuring message that the United States Government will step forward in support, whatever the adverse economic and diplomatic consequences for the region.

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Nuclear Detonation: Fifteen Scenarios
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 27 Sep 2010

Many people are complacent about nuclear weapons. They would prefer to deny the nuclear threat and put nuclear dangers out of their minds. Unfortunately, this is a dangerous approach to a serious threat to humanity. There are many ways in which a nuclear detonation could take place, including accident, miscalculation and intentional use. Any use of nuclear weapons, including by accident or miscalculation, could lead to the destruction of a city as occurred at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Tale of Two Nuclear Whistleblowers
David Krieger – Common Dreams, 21 Jun 2010

What are we to learn from this tale of two whistleblowers, one fictitious, one real? One important lesson is the danger of nuclear double standards. We cannot be content to make a hero of a fictional Iranian nuclear whistleblower, while turning a blind eye to the treatment of a real-life Israeli nuclear whistleblower and to the Israeli nuclear arsenal.

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The New U.S. Nuclear Posture Review
David Krieger, TFF & Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2010

While pausing to celebrate the incremental steps in arms reductions and the limitations on nuclear weapons use that are being made now, we should also recognize that a policy of No First Use and a commitment to negotiate a Nuclear Weapons Convention would move us far more rapidly toward the peace and security of the nuclear weapon-free world envisioned by President Obama.

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NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR TEST MESSAGE
David Krieger – Member of TRANSCEND, 31 May 2009

When a country tests a nuclear weapon, it is sending a message. It is not always clear, however, what that message is. In the case of the recent nuclear test by North Korea, some commentators have argued that the North Koreans are sending a “pay attention to me” message to the international community and particularly […]

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SILENCE IS INDEFENSIBLE
David Krieger, 13 Mar 2009

Arundhati Roy, the great Indian writer and activist, has said, “There’s nothing new or original left to be said about nuclear weapons.”  Nonetheless, she speaks out because, in her words, “silence would be indefensible.” Silence is the norm. We live our day-to-day lives with these weapons capable of destroying our cities, our countries, our civilizations, […]

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