...when it comes to nuclear weapons. That is exactly what the Global Zero campaign is calling for: the complete elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide. The campaign is rapidly gaining momentum and receiving support from some powerful quarters, with President Obama stating, "Global Zero 'will always have a partner in me and my administration.'"
The campaign has developed a practical step-by-step plan—backed by hundreds of former heads-of-state, foreign ministers, national security advisers and military commanders—to achieve the goal of "zero" over the next two decades.
It's a timely moment to dwell on this issue, as today Japan marks the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. I quote below a poignant email received from Haneka, 17, in Japan. Please use the comment form to share your thoughts and opinions!
"As a Japanese, I am very curious about how everyone in the world thinks about nuclear weapons. Japan is the only country in the world that has been hit by an atomic bomb. In 1945, two cities in Japan "disappeared" because of the 2 atomic bombs dropped by the US. One of the cities, Hiroshima, lost 140 thousand citizens by the end of that year which means almost half of its population. I went to Hiroshima 3 years ago and visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and met a women who survived the disaster and listened to her speak about her experience. I was shocked. The largest problem about nuclear weapons is that the damage lasts for years. Even if someone survives, his or her children or grandchildren might get cancer or have some kind of disabilities because of genetic effects. As I've written, I really want to know how much everyone knows and what everyone thinks about nuclear weapons (including atomic bombs) and I think Japan has to send messages to the world as the only victim of the atomic bomb."