I have been a member of CND since at least 2013 when I found I could once again afford the membership dues. Before that, my membership had fluctuated with my fortunes ever since 1965 when I first became a unilateralist. Manufacturing nuclear weaponry may make a lot of money for a few and provide jobs for a few among the many - but it is an obscene business which becomes even more ghastly when you find yourself a citizen of a state that is committed to their use as a deterrent. The policy of deterrence has worked, they say - to which the answer is that we have got away by the skin of our teeth from an only too imaginable nuclear holocaust in the aftermath of the atomic bomb explosions at Hiroshima and Nagaski in 1945. No policy should ever be sustained on a wing and a prayer when the fate of humanity is at stake.
|Nagasaki nuclear bomb explosion - 9 August 1945|
Occasionally, a retired member of the top brass in the military surfaces to reveal his conversion to sanity. He - interesting that the top brass are male - announces that nuclear weaponry and its threatened use is immoral and stupid. But the world scarcely notices and our policies that have been developed around nuclear arms remain largely unchanged. There has been some reduction in the number of warheads but we still have enough to send humanity into oblivion.
|Part of the devastation of Nagasaki after the bomb exploded|
And of course we - the Brits - don't even control this weaponry. Do some research and you will discover that we are a puppet of the government in the United States in matters nuclear. That is the elephant in the room that our governments since 1945 have never wanted the people of this country to identify. This post, written by me in 2017 - press here - tells you more about this US control over the UK but google the subject for more evidence of our puppet-state status. Take care, though, to steer your way through theofficial government posts. Ignoring those, the one that is most important and reveals so much was published in 2015 by Politico and written by Jake Wallis Simons. Here is an extract:
"LONDON — In the run-up to the British general election, there has been intense debate about the future of Trident, the United Kingdom’s nuclear weapons program, which will reach the end of its serviceable life in 2026. Party leaders in the next parliament must decide whether to scrap it, replace it with a scaled-back alternative, or update it.
But there is one simple question that nobody is asking. When is an independent nuclear deterrent not an independent nuclear deterrent?
To many experts, the answer is all too obvious: when the maintenance, design, and testing of UK submarines depend on Washington, and when the nuclear missiles aboard them are on lease from Uncle Sam."
|Thanks to newyorker.com for this image|
This morning, a blogpost in the LRB online caught my eye and after reading the piece - it's called 'Nuclear Rearmament' and has been written by Tom Stevenson - I wanted to share its insights and wisdom. Here it is:
|Thanks to japantimes.co.jp for this image.|
There you have it. Our misgovernment in the UK is further consolidating its reputation for bad deeds by an illegal, immoral, recklessly stupid series of decisions about our nuclear arms stockpile. But don't forget that this weaponry is in effect controlled by the American government even as the Ministry of Defence declares that the nuclear bomb is primed for release by the UK prime minister alone. What a terrifying thought: BJ's finger on the button. How long will the luck of humanity hold? Trump's finger was on the button for four years. I comfort myself by imagining over-rides in the Oval Office - and perhaps 10 Downing Street. But then who are the over-riders? Perhaps our epitaph as a species will be: "Our luck did not hold".
|Thanks to polyp.org.uk for this reminder that we have made the means of our own extinction.|