So it’s tough to swallow that the threat of devastating nuclear attack somewhere in the world looms large as long as states continue to produce nuclear weapons — the United States included. A huge movement of people have been working in waves since the ’50s to prevent nuclear war and pressure the U.S. government to dismantle its nuclear systems.
Alice Walker, of CODEPINK NYC, has been a leader in the anti-nuclear movement and now serves as the New York director of the Nuclear Peace Age Foundation and a co-founder of Abolition 2000. She just penned this great piece for CounterPunch critiquing Obama’s meeting with Medvedev and the challenge of changing the nuclear paradigm.
It seems the nuclear conversation now is not that of bomb shelters and post-apocalyptic fantasies but of wheeling and dealing, a bargaining chip of fear and “I’m badder than you.” What do you think of the U.S.’ role in the nuclear conversation?