Thanks to Father Bill Bichsel, Father Steve Kelly, Sister Anne Montgomery, Lynne Greenwald and Susan Crane for reminding us of the nuclear warheads at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor near Silverdale.
There is substantially more nuclear warhead firepower at the naval base and the nearby Indian Island nuclear storage area than the firepower of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If even one of these nuclear warheads detonated, the explosive force and radiation would cause a tremendous number of fatalities, injuries and illnesses to those who live in the Puget Sound region.
Why do we tolerate this situation of nuclear weapons in our backyard?
This nation’s priorities are upside-down when we allow for the U.S. defense total budget to be around $700 billion a year. It is extremely sad that the defense budget is sacrosanct, and Congress is not willing to make huge cuts to it. The Plowshares 5 are God’s prophets for peace and the nation’s conscience as they remind us of the sins that we are presently committing. The Plowshares 5 should be receiving honors instead of criminal sentences.
The Plowshares 5 also raised our awareness to the lack of security at the Bangor Naval Base. If an 84-year-old nun and an 82-year-old priest can be involved in cutting the fence and entering this base, it is scary to think of what well trained terrorists could accomplish.