Time to end this nuclear madness
14 February 2011
Thank you for publishing "A dark cloud hanging over us" (11 February), alerting people to the fact that the dire threat of nuclear disaster by accident, misunderstanding or malicious intent has not gone away. President Kennedy declared in 1962: "The world was not meant to be a prison in which man awaits his execution." The British government is currently spending billions of pounds to renew its nuclear arsenal in blatant contravention of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Nuclear weapons will only be banned after massive pressure from the general public (as with land mines and cluster bombs) and from non-nuclear states. Already New Zealand, the Philippines, Austria and Mongolia have prohibited and criminalised the threat and use of nuclear weapons.