A Nuclear Weapons Convention?

I hope you’ll take six minutes to watch ICAN’s* excellent and important video on the need for new thinking with respect to nuclear weapons. As you watch it, remember that, contrary to the claims of scare stories which stop you from thinking, banning nuclear weapons does not mean we would get rid of all of ours tomorrow and be at the mercy of any nation which cheated.

Even though the chemical weapons convention banning those WMDs came into force almost twenty years ago in 1997, the US is still in the process of destroying its stockpile. But banning chemical weapons was an important first step in delegitimizing their use. Isn’t it time for us to do the same for the even more genocidal nuclear weapons?

Martin Hellman

* ICAN stands for The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

About Martin Hellman

I am a professor at Stanford University, best known for my invention of public key cryptography -- the technology that protects the secure part of the Internet, such as electronic banking. But, for almost 30 years, my primary interest has been how fallible human beings can survive possessing nuclear weapons, where even one mistake could be catastrophic. My latest project is a book with the audacious subtitle "Creating True Love at Home & Peace on the Planet." Its soon to open website explains: https://anewmap.com.
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