Apocalypse when?

(Canscene) — So North Korea exploded one. When’s Iran going to? Will any other rogue state, blinded by some dictator’s sense of infallibility, let one go?

The scenarios are endless, with only one real solution that at the moment seems an impossible dream: universal nuclear disarmament. And that means America and Russia and China and India and Pakistan and Israel, too.

The world knows that the UN can no longer restrict itself to high and mighty words without action; it must do so in order to remain a justifiable organization. But whatever means the rest of the nuclear world uses to deal with the threats now being uttered by North Korea and Iran, — ostracization, sanctions, force — will lead to misery for millions.

Isn’t it time for the leaders of all nations to ask: “Where are we going? Apocalypse or Acceptance?

Nearly 50 years ago outgoing President Eisenhower warned his fellow Americans about the dangers of the military/industrial complex. Since then the world has gone on ignoring his prophetic words. Important persons in governments have ties to the armaments industries as well as do millions of shareholders.

Nuclear weaponry aside there are millions of other instruments and engines of war: land mines, guns, planes, ships and armoured vehicles. Even personally owned guns that the National Rifle Association in the U.S. protects so jealously and copycat Harper so avidly desires to enshrine through abolishment of the gun registry.

Until the public realizes that the manufacture of weaponry for profit is at the core of the world’s ills, can we seriously begin to think about world peace?

2 Responses to “Apocalypse when?”

  1. Bill Says:

    I’m glad you raise the the need for renewed willingness to get back to international negotiations for nuclear disarmament. ALL of the players should be trying to reduce stockpiles of these loathesome weapons.

    If there was ever a time to seek alternatives to militarism, this is it.

  2. George Benson Says:

    Yes, Ben. You’ve hit the nail on the head when you lay the root of blame at the door of the arms manufacturers. Keep up the pressure!