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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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.
In the popular imagination, nuclear threats come in the form of bombs exchanged by nuclear weapons states. Intelligence agencies and national security experts are much more focused on the threat of a few pounds of nuclear material falling into the hands of a violent, non-state group like ISIS.
Ten senators urge President Obama to cancel the nuclear cruise missile, declare a no first use policy and cancel launch-on-warning plans.
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."