We are members of Science for Peace, an organization formed during the Cold War, fearful that either accidental or intentional nuclear war would break out and lead to massive death. We are directing this statement to people from all walks of life as well as to members of the Canadian government. The immediate occasion for this statement is Canada’s aligning with the United States in abrogating the arms control treaty which eliminates the class of intermediate range nuclear weapons. Canada’s image as a liberal democracy lends legitimacy and cover-up to massive re-militarization.
The horrors of World War I and of World War II led to the United Nations and laws that aimed to end wars and to hold people criminally responsible for launching and participating in acts of aggression. We have not achieved these goals.
The current human situation is more dangerous than at any other time in human history. We are confronted with a nuclear weapons arms race unreported to the public, and with powerful people legitimizing the use of these weapons as if a nuclear war is winnable. We must respond.
We are addressing the Canadian public because government, schools, and the media are largely silent about the new nuclear weapons race.
What do people need to know?
- That there are eight nations with nuclear weapons but that the United States has always driven the arms race: Russia is characteristically painted as the aggressor, yet there is a historical pattern of U.S. action, prompting USSR reaction. The first U.S. nuclear chain reaction was in 1942; the USSR followed suit in 1946. The U.S. detonated the first atomic bomb in 1945, the USSR in 1949. The first ballistic-missile-launching submarine was launched in 1960 by the U.S., then in 1968 by the USSR. Penetration aids were placed on U.S. missiles in 1964; none were ever done on Soviet missiles before 1982. The accelerated buildup of strategic missiles by the U.S. in 1961 was followed by the USSR in 1966. Multiple warheads on missiles (MIRVs) were first introduced by the U.S. in 1964; by the USSR in 1973. Computerized guidance on U.S. missiles came into existence in 1970; in 1975 on Soviet missiles.
- That current nuclear weapons are many times more lethal than the two bombs that killed hundreds of thousands of people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even a “limited” or local nuclear war would probably cause human extinction because the fallout would block out the sun and destroy agriculture.
- That former President Obama allocated $1.1 trillion to upgrade nuclear weapons. The figure is now $1.3 trillion
- That the U.S. and NATO justify using nuclear weapons even though this is entirely against all international laws.
- That the U.S. and NATO also deceive about threats from other countries and about their peaceful intentions. In 2014/2015, NATO surrounded Russia, stationing troops as close as 300 yards from its borders, with weapons. NATO staged war games along Russia’s borders that involved Canadian troops. NATO General Breedlove announced that 40,000 Russian troops were ‘massing.’ In the age of forensic satellite evidence, he offered none. There is in fact no evidence of mass Russian troop movement. “German leaders in Berlin were stunned.”
- That the Trudeau government, at the behest of the United States, refused to even participate in the international talks that led to the United Nations’ nuclear ban treaty. The major media reported on the ban treaty only when its negotiators received the Nobel Peace Prize.