Reprint: Letter to the Editor, Macon Telegraph
The 65th anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are coming up Aug. 6 and Aug. 9. Whether or not these bombings expedited the end of WWII can be debated, but the indiscriminate destruction, horror and long-term effects of nuclear weapons cannot.
The Cold War between the U.S. and Russia ended in 1989, yet we still have thousands of nuclear warheads aimed at each other, many on hair-trigger alert. I have to ask why, when the greatest threat both countries face today is proliferation and nuclear terrorism, not each other. We need to work cooperatively to reduce the nuclear threat and safeguard nuclear material from terrorists.
The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty continues the work of previous START treaties, all enacted under Republican presidents, by further reducing Russian and U.S. stockpiles of nuclear warheads and delivery systems. New START limits each country to 1,550 strategic warheads and 800 missiles or bombers. That’s still enough for the purpose of deterrence, for what it’s worth.
New START must be ratified by U.S. and Russian senates this year in order to take effect. Please, if the future of our children and grandchildren are important, contact Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss and ask for their “yes” vote on New START.
— Bob Farquhar