As the world once again commemorates the horrific atomic bombing of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9), the United States is set to spend $1 trillion "modernizing" its nuclear weapons arsenal, triggering fears of a renewed nuclear arms race.
The human toll of allowing such unthinkable weapons to exist is clear - and unacceptable.
And the U.S. simply cannot afford to spend $1 trillion on nuclear weapons while we struggle to keep schools, roads and bridges from crumbling, and our citizens educated, fed and safe. This gargantuan expenditure on weapons of worldwide human annihilation is unwarranted and dangerous. Instead, we should encourage our government to invest in infrastructure and communities and abandon this trillion dollar spending spree.
Chesapeake PSR supports the efforts to ban all nuclear weapons and work toward a nuclear weapons convention among the nuclear weapons states to set up a detailed, enforceable, verifiable process to eliminate such weapons from the planet.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed the world the horror of nuclear weapons and demonstrated why they must never be built, stockpiled or used. We have been warned. It is up to all of us to take heed and ban nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.
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