Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | January 26, 2015

Viewpoint: New Senate can make history


Opinion piece in a local daily newspaper in Florida, United States, by U.S. author and journalist William Lambers, who authored an article in Spectrum issue 22. Lambers highlights the fact that early efforts towards banning nuclear tests started with the (Republican) administration under President Dwight Eisenhower.

“The new Senate can take action on a treaty to stop the threat of nuclear weapons. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty bans all nuclear weapons test explosions worldwide. But the treaty is waiting for the Senate to approve it.

We have two choices. We can close the door on nuclear testing forever. Or we can leave that door wide open to go back to test explosions, which will encourage other nations like Russia and China to do the same.

We can relive the Cold War with new nuke tests. We could spur a new arms race with more nukes. Or we could travel that path toward disarming these weapons of mass destruction. So what’s it going to be?”

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