As individuals we must act affirmatively and stop supporting the drift toward holocaust.
Dale Bridenbaugh, Richard Hubbard and Gregory Minor took their stand and resigned from highly paying positions as nuclear engineers at General Electric on February 2, 1976.
They told the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy:
When we first joined the General Electric Nuclear Energy Division, we were very excited about the idea of this new technology - atomic power - and the promise of a virtually limitless source of safe, clean and economic energy for this and future generations. But now...the promise is still unfulfilled. The nuclear industry has developed to become an industry of narrow specialists, each promoting and refining a fragment of technology, with little comprehension of the total impact on our world system....We [resigned] because we could no longer justify devoting out life energies to the continued development and expansion of nuclear fission power - a system we believe to be so dangerous that it now threatens the very existence of life on this planet.
The problem of nuclear poisoning of the planet can only be solved by educating the people on earth about the nuclear facts of life.
The people of the Soviet Union, the United States and all other countries can be made aware of the nuclear peril -
When the people of this earth know the facts, they will not want to live poised on the brink of nuclear annihilation!
"The war planning process of the past has become totally obsolete. ATTACK IS NOW SUICIDE," said Thomas J. Watson, Jr., former Ambassador to the Soviet Union and President of IBM. Watson warns us against:
"...the illusion that we cannot sign treaties with the Russians because they systematically violate them.
let us be clear about this:there are major differences between our two countries. Soviet values are diametrically opposed to ours. Contention between us on a global scale is a fact of life. Suspicion is the keynote of our relations.
But having said that, let me add this:on the evidence, the Soviets do keep agreements provided each side has an interest in the other's keeping the agreement, and provided each side can verify compliance for itself.*
"Nuclear war is bad for the U.S.A."
*Keynote address at Harvard's 330th commencement on June 4, 1981.
In 1958 a Russian nuclear installation exploded at Kyshtym. Radioactive clouds devastated the countryside for hundreds of miles. This area of the Ural Mountains is now a wasteland that cannot be safely inhabited for millennia.
It's interesting to note the U.S. Government hid this CIA report for almost 20 years.
It only came to light in 1977 under the Freedom of Information Act.
In 1981 George Kennan, former Ambassador to Moscow, and one of our foremost authorities on Russia, called for immediate, across-the-board 50% reductions in all kinds of nuclear arms as a first step by both sides. He pointed out:
We have gone on piling weapon upon weapon, new levels of destructiveness upon old ones, helplessly, almost involuntarily, like victims of some sort of hypnotism, like men in a dream, like lemmings heading for sea.
And the result is that today we have achieved - we and the Russians together - in the creation of these devices and their means of delivery, levels of redundancy of such grotesque dimensions as to defy rational understanding. What a confession of intellectual poverty it would be, what a bankruptcy of intelligent statesmanship, if we had to admit that such blind, senseless acts of destruction were the best we could do.
"Nuclear war is bad for Russia"
Dr. Jim Muller of the Harvard Medical School reports that:
In March, 1981 at a conference held by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Dr. Yevgeni I. Chazov, deputy Minister of Health of the U.S.S.R. and cardiologist to Chairman Brezhnev and other Kremlin leaders, revealed that he had spent 35 minutes on national Soviet television discussing the medical consequences of nuclear war. The conference itself was covered in detail by Pravda, with a circulation of over 10 million, Izvestia, over 8 million, and so on. Statements about the impossibility of surviving nuclear war and appeals to world leaders to prevent it were printed intact.*
*In June, 1982, Dr. Nuller, with Dr. Bernard Lown and Dr. John Pastore, appeared on Soviet television with Dr. Chazov and two other Russian physicians. Dr. Chazov said, "We have come here openly and honestly to tell the people about our movement, whose main objective is the preservation of life on earth." They discussed such topics as the effects of one-megaton bomb on a city, medical care for the victims, and the long-term effects of radiation fallout. The one-hour telecast was seen by an estimated 100 million Russians and it was not censored.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, who served as a five-star general in World War II and who also served as the President of the Unites States, could speak as "...one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war - as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years...."
"Nuclear war is bad for taxpayers"
In 1953, Eisenhower said, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in a final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed - those who are cold and not clothed.
"This world in arms is not spending money alone - it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."
By 1959, this general and statesman said,
"Nuclear war is bad for social justice"
"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than are governments.
"INDEED, I THINK THAT PEOPLE WANT PEACE SO MUCH THAT ONE OF THESE DAYS GOVERNMENTS HAD BETTER GET OUT OF THEIR WAY AND LET THEM HAVE IT."
The Council for a Livable World has pointed out that military expenditures of themselves are destructive to human life - even if the weapons they stockpile are never used.
The people on earth are now spending one million dollars per minute on armaments!
Once we stop preparing to blast each other apart, we will find that we can easily solve all the world's hunger, water and shelter problems.*
"Nuclear war is bad for the water supply"
*More than $18 billion in arms sales were
made to Third World countries in 1980 - up from $8 billion in 1975.
Let them eat - guns?!?
What can you and I do about the biggest problem out world has ever faced?
In case you are feeling that there is nothing you can do about the increasing nuclear menace that hags over our heads, remember the story of the Hundredth Monkey.
"Nuclear war is bad for social security"
You may be the Hundredth Monkey!
Your awareness and action can be the added energy needed to make the difference between life and death for you, your family - and all of us.
Dr. Caldicott reminds us,
The power of an aroused public is unbeatable. Vietnam and Watergate proved that. It must be demonstrated again. It is not yet too late, for while there is life there is hope. There is no cause for pessimism, for already I have seen great obstacles surmounted. Nor need we be afraid, for I have seen democracy work.*
*Nuclear Madness by Dr. Helen Caldicott, p. 93. Bantam Books, 1980. Copyright 1978, 1980 by Helen M. Caldicott.
MASS ACTION IS EFFECTIVE.
Eighty thousand people in June, 1977 marched in Australia demanding that uranium be left in the ground where it belongs.
"Nuclear war is bad for politicians"
This protest was successful!
In Germany, after experiencing nuclear protests, West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt said, "One cannot simply force nuclear energy down people's throats."
A Time magazine poll showed that 76% of the voters in the U.S. support a nuclear freeze.
Statewide votes in Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakoda, Oregon, Rhode Island, California, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia have called for immediate negotiations for a verifiable freeze in the production, testing and deployment of all nuclear weapons, missiles and delivery systems.
In Massachusetts voters backed a proposal that would require a referendum before any nuclear waste site or power plant can be established.
The United Nations organization with its worldwide offices will help if requested:
Once there is an initiative from a region, the countries and regional organizations concerned should be able, upon request and in the manner they wish, to draw to the fullest extent on the resources and possibilities of the United Nations system.*
*Report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, "General and Complete Disarmament, Study on All the Aspects of Regional Disarmament." (Page 64, A/35/416. October 8, 1980)
Many groups and organizations today stand ready to help us.
You can probably find meetings for disarmament or world peace that are happening only minutes from your home.
They need your energy to do the job for all of us.
"Nuclear war is bad voters"
Here's some good news,
In June, 1981 a Gallop poll asked Americans, "Do you think that the United States should or should not meet with the Soviet Union this year to try to reach agreement on nuclear disarmament?"
Eighty percent said we should meet, thirteen percent said we should not, with seven percent undecided.
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In addition to mass action, we must alter the separating mental habits that create the nuclear problem from the start.
Let's examine the change in consciousness that must take place for four billion of us to get along together on planet Earth.*
*Buckminster Fuller has warned us that a self-centered, high-tech civilization cannot survive. We must learn to work out disagreements without killing each other or resorting to increasing vicious nuclear threats. The win-lose psychology is no longer viable in our nuclear age. Nuclear war today had been transformed into lose-lose. This means that for us to win, we must make sure that our opponents also win.We must learn the techniques for teaching us how to create win-win situations.
How we think and fell has got us into this nuclear problem.
The way to our survival lies in altering how think and feel.
We must use the power of our collective consciousness as we learn to focus on peace - and human togetherness.
"Nuclear war is bad for butterflies"
The men and women of the nuclear nations must be willing to give up their PLUTONIUM SECURITY BLANKETS.
Instead we must REALLY be willing to REALLY listen se we can REALLY understand what's REALLY bothering them.
We must get behind emotional rigidity, intellectual jargon and logic-tight compartments of the mind.
We must realize that there are no simple right answers.
"Nuclear war is bad for inner serenity"
We must stop risking the survival of out planet by demanding that we always get our way. If we always get our way, there is no real negotiation.
Together we must develop effective understandings based on both sides working together to create mutually acceptable solutions that we can all live with.
It's our separate-self mental habits that are the cause of our survival predicament.
The bomb is not the real problem - it's only an effect of our attitudes.
Our mental habits of understanding events in an "us-vs.-them" perception rather than an "us-and-them" insight are creating a devastating mental, emotional and moral separateness in our minds.
"Nuclear war is bad for all of us"
If the human race can't learn to get along with itself, it will soon exterminate itself.
A group of our top scientists working in the Manhattan Project during World War II developed the atomic bomb from textbook theory to Hiroshima in only four years!
What would happen if an equally dedicated group backed by our nation's resources worked together to create a world consciousness of our common humanity and a unity of our human hearts and minds that would make all armaments useless?
Any problem created by the human mind can be solved by the human mind.
What's stopping us?
If you had a highly contagious, often fatal, disease, you would care enough about other people to try to avoid transmitting it.
Could the expectations and demands that make you feel hatred, alienation and "me-vs.-them" separateness be considered a disease?
"Nuclear war is bad for war veterans"
Such emotion-backed demands are more deadly to the survival of the human race than all contagious diseases added together!!!
Remember this the next time your mind makes you experience hatred and hard-heartedness.
If we want humankind to survive into the next century, we can no longer afford to transmit the deadly viruses of hatred, noncaring and forcefully getting one's way that lead to murder, assassination and ultimately to nuclear destruction.
Increasingly our minds have put great energy into three forms of separateness that make us create thoughts and actions that result in a lethal threat to our continued life on planet Earth!
"Nuclear war is bad for the 21st Century"
First, your mind is divided against itself.
You have become self-conscious, self-downing, self-critical, and in too many ways have lost your deeper levels of appreciating yourself.
have you sometimes noticed that when you're feeling most separate from someone else, behind it all your mind is just not feeling good about you?
Secondly, your mind has become divided against your own body.
Your thinking has obstructed the free flow of your feelings. Your mental activity constantly crowds out your experiencing the aliveness of your body.
"Nuclear war is bad for your body"
You have neglected your body and instead put energy into activities involving pride, prestige and that ever-seductive "success" that have not brought you happiness or peace of mind.
Thirdly, just as your mind has become divided against itself and against the body which houses it, it has also increasingly alienated itself from your four billion cousins that are here and now sharing the planet with you.
You have lost the bond with Mother Earth herself and all her creatures - and forgotten how we all depend on each other.
In too many situations we automatically experience people as "them" - not as "us."
These jungle-type habits of mind are dangerous to our species.