At the start of the nuclear age we were warned by Einstein that “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”
The current international system in which differences between nations are resolved by violence will — in the nuclear age – lead to the destruction of human civilization. The danger of the “mutually assured destruction” method of managing the nuclear threat is now more clearly visible. No single person should have the power to end civilization. The vast destructive power of nuclear weapons has severed the linkage between destructive force and security.
The path to survival is clear — we must eliminate these weapons before they eliminate us. We must replace the use of force with diplomacy, the rule of law, and increased power of the United Nations. Only in that manner can we create a secure world for our children, our grandchildren and all future generations. The primary task of building such a world will fall on the strong shoulders of young people who are currently horrified by their first glimpse of the nuclear threat.The path to survival is clear | IPPNW peace and health blog