Dec 8, 2010

Posted by in Nuclear Disarmament | 2 Comments

“COUNTDOWN TO ZERO”

Here is a question for you: How many nuclear weapons do you think we should have on planet Earth?

If you believe that our human civilization and the biosphere of planet Earth would be better off with ZERO NUCLEAR WEAPONS on this planet, please go to http://takepart.com/zero and cast your vote by adding your signature to this petition calling for ZERO NUCLEAR WEAPONS. When you do this, you will become part of the growing number of informed people who are rising up and declaring “We will no longer tolerate nuclear weapons of mass destruction on this planet now or in the future”!

This petition is part of a global effort sponsored by the producers of COUNTDOWN TO ZERO, a documentary film which summarizes exactly what we can predict to occur if we do not immediately take the required and imperative action to rid our planet of the 23,335 now existent nuclear weapons and the HEU (Highly Enriched Uranium 235) which is used to produce these nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons were a bad (but inevitable) idea from their start in 1945, and they are an even worse idea today.

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO is an important documentary film, letting all of us know that our human civilization and the biosphere of Earth are in grave danger as a result of the proliferation of nuclear weapons. U.S. President John F. Kennedy stated the situation clearly when he said “Every man, woman, and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by an accident, miscalculation, or madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us”.

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO informs us that terrorists are working hard world-wide to obtain a nuclear weapon and that one day they will be successful in this quest. “Close will be good enough”, meaning that when dealing with a nuclear weapon, all that must be accomplished by those who want to kill millions of Americans with a single blow will be to transport a nuclear weapon to any port city (New York, Boston, Miami, Houston, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle – take your pick) on a container ship and detonate the weapon when it arrives in port. 100,000 containers arrive to U.S. shores daily. Do you believe that our security screening procedures are capable of unfailingly detecting the presence of a nuclear weapon hidden in a container that hasn’t even been off-loaded from the container ship? The answer to this question is NO, they are not nor will they ever be 100% reliable to detect this very real threat, and this scenario will play out unless you and I do all that we can to prevent this from occurring. We must all understand that this scenario is not a question of if, but rather is a question of when. “Low probability events happen. Eventually they will occur”.

I implore everyone to watch this important documentary COUNTDOWN TO ZERO, and SIGN YOUR NAME TO THE PETITION at http://takepart.com/zero as one who understands the very real threat nuclear weapons represent to the continuity of human civilization and to the safeguarding of the biosphere of planet Earth. Those who continue to remain silent about this very important issue can count themselves as partially responsible when the unthinkable occurs.

My thanks to John Wetherby, M.D., for bringing this important and timely film to my attention, and thereby to yours.

Richard O’Connor, M.D.
Executive Director, CCRF, Inc.

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