As Carole Lavallee points out in her letter (´We know another world is possible’, Jan. 9.), we are hearing a lot about COVID. While the pandemic has altered our lives, climate change will affect us even more and will last much longer.
Nuclear weapons are another more serious threat with relations between the US and Russia, and the US and China being at their lowest. North Korea now has nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles to deliver them.
India and Pakistan, both nuclear-armed countries, have been having border clashes for years. The storming of the US Capitol building earlier this month has pointed out the dangers of the American president having sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.
But there is hope. This Friday, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons comes into effect, making nuclear weapons illegal. We know that they are immoral, illogical, and insane already. Deterrence hasn’t stopped India and Pakistan from fighting. It didn’t stop North Korea from attacking the south that was protected by the US and this was just five years after the US had destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear bombs. Deterrence didn’t stop Argentina from attacking nuclear Great Britain over the Falklands. Deterrence won’t stop accidents, miscalculations, or terrorists.
We must eliminate nuclear weapons, before Iran or Saudi Arabia obtain them. We must eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us. Prevention is the key.
This UN Nuclear Ban Treaty is compatible with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Our city needs to make a motion of support to tell Ottawa that we don’t want nuclear bombs.