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Nuclear weapons that haven't disappeared

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The United States and Russia, or rather their Presidents Medvedev and Obama, have reopened the dialogue for a treaty on reducing nuclear armaments. Even if the atomic bombs ended up in second place in the media world after the collapse of the USSR, in the world there are still enough nukes to destroy the planet several times, and exterminate the human race. And for years now, thanks to the Bush presidency in America and the Putin presidency in Russia, the dialogue had waned almost to extinction, so much so that in the summer of 2008, the crisis in Georgia had again plunged the world into an Cold War atmosphere.
In front of the White House there is a woman who since 28 years live in a tent to ask for nuclear disarmament. The first thought of all it could be that she is a little crazy. But maybe we must ask ourselves whether she is crazy, for asking the President of the United States to eliminate the terrible weapons that could not win a war for anyone, but only exterminate humanity, or if are we crazy, who live quiet, unsuspecting, forgetting that we made terrible weapons and continue to preserve them, as if they could serve some purpose other than destroy us all. The war is in itself a folly, but the atomic bombs are something even more crazy. 
It may be that Obama is the first president of the United States really willing to listen to the protest of that woman. On April 5 in Prague, talking in front of 20,000 young people, he spoke about a world without nuclear weapons, pledged to put into effect the treaty banning nuclear tests and announced a summit for the reduction of atomic weapons. Obama also asked to avoid fatalism, urged the world not to believe that the proliferation of nuclear bombs is unavoidable. It's the first time that the leader of one of the world's nuclear powers speak in this way. Now let's hope that these words become deeds. 
In Hiroshima, where the bomb killed 80,000 people immediately and 60,000 others later for radiation poisoning, in the park of the Museum of Peace there is a flame that will burn as long as nuclear weapons exist. We must hope that sooner or later the flame will be turned off. Otherwise, we will be turned off.

Francesco Defferrari
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2009 22:10  
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