[ RadSafe ] News: Physicists denounce aggressive nuclear policy

Maury Siskel maurysis at ev1.net
Fri Nov 4 19:00:13 CST 2005

Hi John,
The Hirsch comment is an interesting rationale that does not seem very 
rational .... It has been noted that the only way to make sure that 
government doesn't abuse its power is to not grant it in the first 
place. The nuclear genie has long since departed.  A nation without 
nuclear weapons can render citizens or a society equally dead by a wide 
variety of methods.

John Jacobus wrote:

>Nature 438, 13 (3 November 2005) 
>Physicists denounce aggressive nuclear policy
>More than 700 physicists from around the world have signed a petition opposing a US policy that would
>permit the use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear nations.
>Spawned during a lunchtime talk at the University of
>California, San Diego (UCSD), the petition is being
>submitted to US government leaders. Eight Nobel
>laureates have signed the petition, which was started
>by UCSD physicists Kim Griest and Jorge Hirsch.
>The administration of President George W. Bush has
>said that, if provoked, it would consider using
>nuclear bombs on a country without such weapons.
>"Physicists were responsible for these weapons," says
>Hirsch, a native of Argentina. "We need to speak out
>more." The petitioners hope to win the support of the
>American Physical Society and the International Atomic
>Energy Agency at board meetings later this month.
> http://physics.ucsd.edu/petition
>On Oct. 5, 1947, in the first televised White House address, President Truman asked Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Thursdays to help stockpile grain for starving people in Europe. 
>-- John
>John Jacobus, MS
>Certified Health Physicist
>e-mail:  crispy_bird at yahoo.com

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