A trillion dollars for new nuclear weapons?

PEACE ACTION'S GROUNDSWELL

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New Hampshire Peace Action Executive Director Will Hopkins and Arnie Alpert of New Hampshire’s American Friends Service Committee office had a terrific op-ed in the Manchester (NH) Union Leader on Monday.

By Will Hopkins and Arnie Alpert
As U.S.-Soviet relations heated to the boiling point during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Capt. Vasili Arkhipov, second-in-command of a Soviet submarine, refused to authorize a nuclear missile launch when his ship was cut off from communications with Moscow and under fire from U.S. depth charges. We have him to thank for avoidance of nuclear war.

Nuclear war was narrowly avoided again in 1980, when faulty U.S. alarm systems signaled incoming Soviet missiles. The Pentagon later put the blame on a failed computer chip. In 1983, Soviet satellites mistook unusual sunlight glinting off clouds as incoming missile fire, and once more a cool-headed commander narrowly stopped a nuclear exchange. In 1995, a Norwegian…

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