Physicians for Social Responsibility's (PSR) Ira Helfand, MD, attended the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on February 2-5 in Bogota, Columbia. Dr. Helfand is co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and will be the keynote speaker at Chesapeake PSR’s Annual Dinner on April 15. The 21 laureates issued a statement: The time to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons is now!
The statement notes that the nine nuclear-armed states retain some 15,000 nuclear warheads, enough to destroy the world many times over, and that “many of these can be launched in a matter of minutes at the whim of an unstable or intemperate leader.”
The nuclear-armed states have issued plans to spend more than $1 trillion to upgrade their arsenals and make them even more dangerous. The laureates’ statement criticizes this behavior “as an intolerable threat to the lives of everyone on this planet, including the citizens of their own countries.”
At least two million nuclear weapons are on hair-trigger alert, which means that an unstable leader could launch them on a moment's notice. Please sign this petition to urge your members of Congress to support legislation to prohibit the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.
The statement by the Nobel Peace laureates can be read in its entirety here.
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