Articles by Lawrence S. Wittner

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Isn’t It Time to Ban the Bomb?
Lawrence S. Wittner | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2016

Nuclear weapons are the most destructive devices ever created. If they are used―as two of them were used in 1945 to annihilate the populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki―the more than 15,000 nuclear weapons currently in existence would destroy the world. Only an unusually firm stand by the non-nuclear nations, coupled with an uprising by an aroused public, seems likely to awaken the officials of the nuclear powers from their long sleepwalk toward catastrophe.

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The Trillion-Dollar Question
Lawrence S. Wittner, PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2016

Isn’t it odd that America’s largest single public expenditure for the coming decades has received no attention in the presidential debates? It is for a 30-year program to “modernize” the U.S. nuclear arsenal and production facilities. Although President Obama began his administration with a dramatic public commitment to build a nuclear weapons-free world, that commitment has long ago dwindled and died.

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“Modernizing” the Opportunities for Nuclear War
Lawrence S. Wittner, PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2016

A fight now underway over newly-designed U.S. nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world. The fight concerns a variety of nuclear weapons that the U.S. military is developing or, as the administration likes to say, “modernizing.”

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After the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Will the Nuclear Powers also Play by the Rules?
Lawrence S. Wittner, Peace Voice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2015

Despite the insistence of the nuclear powers that Iran comply with the NPT, it is pretty clear that these nuclear-armed countries do not consider themselves bound to comply with this landmark agreement, signed by 189 nations. Some of the nuclear powers, in fact, have been quite brazen in rejecting it.

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The Limits of US Military Power
Lawrence S. Wittner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 May 2014

Perhaps military enthusiasts in the United States and other nations should consider whether military power is a reliable source of influence in world affairs. After all, just because you possess a hammer doesn’t mean that every problem you face is a nail.

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JAPAN: LYING ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Lawrence S. Wittner – History News Network, 5 Apr 2010

One of the most popular muckraking American journalists of the late twentieth century, I.F. Stone, once remarked:  "All governments lie."  Even a prominent government official — Andrei Gromyko, the veteran Soviet diplomat — once admitted, in a weak moment:  "Governments are never sincere." This gloomy assessment appears all too true when it comes to national […]

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PRESERVING THE GOLDEN RULE AS A PIECE OF ANTI-NUCLEAR HISTORY
Lawrence S. Wittner – Znet, 10 Feb 2010

The Golden Rule is in danger.  No, not the famed ethical code — though proponents of selfishness certainly have ignored it — but a thirty-foot sailing ship of the same name that rose to prominence about half a century ago. The remarkable story of the Golden Rule began in the late 1950s, as the world public […]

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THE WEAKNESS OF NATIONAL MILITARY STRENGTH
Lawrence S. Wittner, 24 Sep 2009

    During 2008, the nations of the world spent nearly $1.5 trillion on their military forces. That is what has been reported by the highly respected Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which noted that the five biggest spenders were the United States ($607 billion), China ($85 billion), France ($66 billion), Britain ($65 billion) and Russia […]

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JAPAN’S ELECTIONS AND ANTI-NUCLEAR MOMENTUM
Lawrence S. Wittner, 10 Sep 2009

Although the smashing victory of the opposition Democratic Party in Japan’s parliamentary elections of August 30 had numerous causes, one of the results will be a strengthening of the campaign for a nuclear weapons-free world.In the past few years, Japan’s long-ruling conservatives — grouped in the misnamed Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) — had shown increasing […]

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KICKING THE NUCLEAR HABIT: WHY WE NEED A WORLD FREE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Lawrence S. Wittner, 28 Jun 2009

With President Barack Obama and other world leaders now talking about building a nuclear-free world, it is time to consider whether that would be a good idea.     Six reasons for supporting nuclear abolition are particularly cogent.     The first is that nuclear weapons are morally abhorrent. After all, they are instruments of widespread, indiscriminate […]

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