Nuclear powers are on a deadly path to the Bowls of Wrath: Revelation 16

A still from a video made available by the Russian Defence ministry shows Russian servicemen examine a Kinzhal hypersonic missiles before a flight of the MiG-31K fighter jet on 19 February 2022
A video still from Russia’s defence ministry shows servicemen examining a Kinzhal hypersonic missile in February. Britain will work with the US and Australia in developing hypersonic weapons, after Russia used the deadly high-speed missiles in recent airstrikes against Ukraine. Photograph: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/EPA

Nuclear powers are on a deadly path to more conflict

Frank Jackson says world leaders must look to peaceful solutions, not more weapons

LettersThu 7 Apr 2022 13.15 EDT

Truly, the human race has a death wish. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock has been set at 100 seconds to midnight – the latest it has ever been – for the past two years. Yet even more expenditure is planned on the means of death and destruction (Aukus pact extended to development of hypersonic weapons, 5 April).

In January, the five primary nuclear weapon powers, the US, Russia, France, China and the UK, made a joint statement, echoing the original declaration by Reagan and Gorbachev in 1985, that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought”. Just months later, the response to the carnage in Ukraine, and the threat to use nuclear weapons, is not to draw back from the precipice, but to accelerate the drive to the cliff edge.

When are the (mis)leaders of the world going to recognise that the only answer to the many existential threats that face us is cooperation at all levels to find peaceful solutions to potential, and actual, conflicts?
Frank Jackson
Former co-chair, World Disarmament Campaign

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