Dear Friend of the Foundation,
For 25 years the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has worked daily for a better world. As we enter a New Year, our work to abolish nuclear weapons, strengthen international law and empower a new generation of peace leaders has never been more critical. To succeed, we need your involvement and your support.
I encourage you to have a look at our new DVD, “Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future.” You can request a free copy from the Foundation and show it to your friends. We think it is an important tool to raise the profile of the nuclear threat to humanity – a threat that is still very much with us.
We also have a great Speakers Bureau at the Foundation. Let us know if you’d like one of our staff or associates to come out and talk with your group about current nuclear dangers and what can be done about them.
Al Gore has referred to global warming as an “inconvenient truth.” Unfortunately, that is not the only inconvenient truth the world is facing. The dangers of nuclear weapons stand toe-to-toe with global warming in their threat to humanity. Nuclear weapons, in fact, are an even more urgent threat. They could destroy civilization in the virtual blink of an eye.
As we witness the continuing turmoil in nuclear-armed Pakistan, the urgency of the threat should be clear. No one should feel comfortable with nuclear weapons in the hands of any state or leader, but least of all a state in disarray such as Pakistan.
US plans to do a “nuclear deal” with India, supplying India with nuclear materials and technology, will only exacerbate the dangers in South Asia, as Pakistan attempts to keep pace with India. The US must be dissuaded from this dangerous project, which could speed up the dismantling of the nuclear non-proliferation regime.
We badly need US leadership for a nuclear weapons-free world. That is becoming more than obvious. Early in 2007, George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, William Perry and Sam Nunn, four former high US officials, called for such leadership from the US. Some of the current presidential candidates are also calling for this leadership. Without US leadership, progress toward nuclear disarmament won’t be made.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has prepared an Appeal, “US Leadership for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World.” It is aimed at the next President of the United States. Won’t you add your voice and help spread the Appeal? It will soon be available for signing on our www.wagingpeace.org website.
We also need your financial support to help us reach more and more people with our messages. The bottom line is that the US will change and lead the world away from the nuclear precipice when enough of its citizens demand this course. At the Foundation, we know what we need to do, but we need your help to reach as wide an audience as possible.
Each of our efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons is a gift to humanity and to the future. As we enter the New Year, I urge you to add to your New Year’s resolutions a pledge to work with the Foundation in 2008 for the end of the nuclear weapons threat to humanity. This can only be accomplished by ending the nuclear weapons era, and this will require our joint efforts. Together we can and will change the world.
Wishing you a very happy New Year,
David Krieger President Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
David Krieger is the President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (www.wagingpeace.org). He is a leader in the global effort to abolish nuclear weapons.