A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
With the end of the Cold War, many dared hope
that the scourge of nuclear weapons would be ended
once and for all. Yet, today, more than two decades later,
the drive to build nuclear weapons by some governments
continues, energized in no small part by the
policies of the U.S. government.
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President Obama wants to spend
nearly $1 trillion dollars over the next
30 years to “modernize” and maintain
our nuclear arsenal, and to develop
and buy 1,000 nuclear-capable cruise
missiles. Do you support former
Defense Secretary William Perry’s
call to cancel the plans for the new
nuclear cruise missile as a step toward
a world without nuclear weapons?
President Obama is reported to be considering changes to US policy to reduce the chance
that nuclear weapons will be used, and to move the world further along the path to
eliminating them. One possibility is that he will declare that the United States will not be the
first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict and that the sole purpose of US nuclear weapons
is to deter, and if necessary respond to, the use of nuclear weapons by others.
On Saturday, August 6, we mark 71 years since the U.S. detonated the first of two nuclear bombs in Japan. The bombing of Hiroshima and of Nagasaki on August 9 killed 200,000 people, mostly civilians.The threat of nuclear war is still alive today. As this anniversary approaches, please write a letter to the editor urging your members of Congress to take steps to shrink the U.S. arsenal and decrease the chances of another Hiroshima.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"We urge the elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
Nations must move toward comprehensive disarmament. We advocate that the United States take unilateral steps toward disarmament, believing that other nations will respond affirmatively to this example. The risks of disarmament are far smaller than the risks involved in the current course of weapons development, proliferation and stockpiling.
We call for our federal government to safely dispose of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and materials in the United States and abroad."