No nukes

Back in the Cold War days, one of the most high-profile items on the Catholic agenda — on many agendas — was nuclear disarmament.

We haven’t heard as much about it since the wall came down.

646a42253eb221903e312bf2271bf522But with meetings at the U.N. next month to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Obama rewriting America’s “nuclear strategy”  and growing concerns about nukes getting into the hands of terrorists, disarmament is back in the headlines.

Want proof? Maryknoll is hosting a forum entitled “For Peace and Human Needs—Disarm Now!” on Sunday  (April 11) at 2:30 p.m. at the Maryknoll HQ in  Ossining.

According to a release: “Panel discussion topics will include: Arms Control and National Security, Nuclear Disarmament, and Seizing this Moment.  Presenters will be members of the United Nations NGO community.”

Coincidentally, I got a release from the Two Futures Project, an evangelical movement pushing for the abolition of nuclear weaspons.

“The use of even one nuclear weapon would cause indiscriminate death and destruction and threaten uncontrollable escalation, both of which are anathema in the just war tradition,” says the Rev. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson,  Director of the Two Futures Project. “The moral imperative is to do everything possible to ensure that no nuclear weapon is ever used, whether in war, terrorism, or by accident—which requires taking concrete, threat-reducing steps toward their multi-lateral, verifiable, and complete elimination.”

Obama yesterday officially said that nuclear terrorism is a greater threat than whatever nukes Russia has left.

“The greatest threat to U.S. and global security is no longer a nuclear exchange between nations, but nuclear terrorism by violent extremists and nuclear proliferation to an increasing number of states,” he said.

Just about anyone should be able to agree on this point, I guess. Not counting Iran.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.