By Doug Roche, The Embassy 22 June
“The new world doesn’t have the time or money to continue stockpiling nuclear weapons” says retired senator-turned-nuclear non-proliferation activist Douglas Roche “A three-week global speaking tour has convinced me that the world is moving into a new stage in the long quest to eliminate nuclear weapons. Weakened government ideology in support of nuclear weapons is now colliding with chronic deficits and other economic realities that make them unaffordable
I found this a consistent theme in meetings with senior government officials in China, India, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. In the discussions surrounding my lectures to university students, think tanks and civil society groups, it became clear to me that the intellectual case for nuclear deterrence is crumbling. Even in NATO headquarters in Brussels, where my arguments for nuclear disarmament in past visits were greeted by the derisory comment, "mission impossible," the response this time could be characterized as "mission maybe."
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