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NUKES: Protesters trying to save us from ourselves

Letter by Fletcher Taylor, Tacoma on Dec. 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm | 42 Comments »
December 14, 2010 2:20 pm

Last year, five anti-nuclear war protesters broke into the Kitsap-Bangor Sub Base, where they put up banners for peace. Their intent was to challenge the legality and morality of the storage and use of nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Now, in Tacoma’s federal court, a jury has found them them guilty for their action.

Their action was both a civil disobedience and an effort to save us from ourselves. Each of the eight Trident subs at Bangor house up to 24 Trident II D5 SSBN missiles, each missile with eight WW88 atomic warheads, each warhead with 475 kilotons of explosive power. The bomb that erased Hiroshima was only 15 kilotons.

In recent congressional hearings, scientists such as Dr. Alan Robock presented their calculations of the effects of limited nuclear warfare on our world’s climate. Extrapolated, their findings showed that the equivalent of two Trident II D5 class missile deployments could significantly change the global climate for the next 10 years. These scientists use words like “global nuclear winter” and “famine” to describe what would happen to our once green planet.

Our nation’s efforts to disarm have been slowed because the U.S. is hesitant to set an example by being first to disarm. What is the risk in disarmament? That we do not use atomic weapons to defend ourselves from foes that would use theirs? Even in such a scenario, there are no winners, and the Earth loses.

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