To: U.S. Congress, President, Department of "Defense"

No New Nukes, Dismantle Old Ones

No New Nukes, Dismantle Old Ones

Petition Text

Build no new nuclear weapons. Stop struggling with an aging arsenal and begin dismantling it, as required by the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Why is this important?

It is an outrage that the U.S. President is planning to ask the Congress for ONE TRILLION DOLLARS over the next 30 years to perpetuate the nuclear terror by building a new nuclear bomb factory, as well as new nuclear bombs, and their delivery systems -- missiles, planes and submarines capable of destroying all life on earth many times over.

We can either eliminate all nuclear weapons or we can watch them proliferate. There’s no middle way. We can either have no nuclear weapons states, or we can have many. As long as some states have nuclear weapons others will desire them, and the more that have them the more easily they will spread to others still. If nuclear weapons continue to exist, there will very likely be a nuclear catastrophe, and the more the weapons have proliferated, the sooner it will come. Hundreds of incidents have nearly destroyed our world through accident, confusion, misunderstanding, and extremely irrational machismo.

Recently nuclear bombs were mistakenly flown to Mississippi from their bases in North Dakota and no one knew they were missing for over 38 hours. And a number of soldiers with their finger on the nuclear button in the missile launch silos were dismissed for drunkeness and cheating on tests, while silo doors were found to be improperly secured.

Possessing nuclear weapons does absolutely nothing to keep us safe, so that there is really no trade-off involved in eliminating them. They do not deter terrorist attacks by non-state actors in any way. Nor do they add an iota to a military’s ability to deter nations from attacking, given the United States’ ability to destroy anything anywhere at any time with non-nuclear weapons. The United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, France, and China have all lost wars against non-nuclear powers while possessing nukes.

The elimination of nuclear weapons is globally a widely recognized need, as well as a legally mandated action, and a step toward a world beyond war.


Reasons for signing

  • We don't need nuclear power plants for energy (THE most expensive and dangerous way to boil water) or for their real reason (to keep the very profitable war machine going). I miss my high school friends who were sacrificed in Viet Nam and now I miss my friends who have died from cellular dysfunctions and ailments caused by man made radiation.
  • I served in combat in Korea 62 years ago and returned a pacifist. So I've written, spoken & demonstrated for peace for 60 years, including on the Pentagon steps facing soldiers' guns & bayonets. Now, at age 85, I'm dedicated even more to abolishing nuclear arms in the world, for our grandchildren's sake. - norm lee
  • They need to go so we can build a safer and fairer future for all. 1 trillion dollars would feed, house and educate every child on the planet. It's a no brainer!

Updates

2014-12-07 19:14:19 -0500

5,000 signatures reached

2014-12-07 12:11:33 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2014-12-07 11:38:46 -0500

500 signatures reached

2014-12-06 12:37:06 -0500

100 signatures reached

2014-12-06 11:55:56 -0500

50 signatures reached

2014-12-06 11:41:20 -0500

25 signatures reached

2014-12-06 11:34:17 -0500

10 signatures reached