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America’s choice – stop the nuclear weapons obsession, or take the road to extinction

HELEN CALDICOTT: Our nuclear arms obsession is a countdown to extinction,13408, By Helen Caldicott | 14 December 2019  America could lead the way in reallocating its arms budget towards fixing the planet’s problems, writes Dr Helen Caldicott.

I WRITE THIS PIECE as a physician expertly trained to make accurate diagnoses to either cure the patient or to alleviate their symptoms.

I, therefore, approach the viability of life on Earth from a similar and honest perspective. Hence, for some, this may be an extremely provocative article but as the planet is in the intensive care unit, we have no time to waste and the startling truth must be accepted.

As TS Elliott wrote so long ago, ‘This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper’.

Will we gradually burn and shrivel the wondrous creation of evolution by emitting the ancient carbon stored over billions of years to drive our cars and to power our industries, or will we end it suddenly with our monstrous weapons within which have captured the energy powering the sun?

Here’s the stark diagnosis from a U.S. perspective.

The Department of Defence has nothing to do with defence, because it is, in effect, the Department of War. Over one trillion dollars of U.S. taxpayers’ money is stolen annually to create and build the most hideous weapons of death and destruction, even to launch killing machines from space.

And since 9/11, six trillion dollars have been allotted to the slaughter of over half a million people, almost all of whom were civilians — men, women and children.

Brilliant people, mostly men, are employed by the massive military-industrial corporations – Lockheed MartinBoeingBAEUnited Technologies, to name a few – deploying their brainpower to devise better and more hideous ways of killing.

From an unbiased perspective, the only true terrorists today are Russia and the United States of America, both of which have several thousand hydrogen bombs larger by orders of magnitude than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs on hair-trigger alert, ready to be launched with a press of a button in the U.S. by the President.

This so-called nuclear “exchange” would take little over one hour to complete. As in Japan, people would be seared to bundles of smoking char as their internal organs boiled away and, over time, the global environment would be plunged into another ice age called “nuclear winter”, annihilating almost all living organisms over time, including ourselves.

But the stark truth is that the United States of America has no enemies. Russia, once a sworn communist power is now a major capitalist country and the so-called “war on terror” is just an excuse to keep this massive killing enterprise alive and well.

Donald Trump is right when he says we need to make friends with the Russians because it’s the Russian bombs that could and might annihilate America. Indeed, we need to foster friendship with all nations throughout the planet and reinvest the billions and trillions of dollars spent on war, killing and death to saving the ecosphere by powering the world with renewable energy including solar, wind and geothermal and planting trillions of trees.

Such a move would also free up billions of dollars to be reallocated to life such as free medical care for all U.S. citizens, free education for all, to house the homeless, to hospitalise the mentally sick, to register all citizens to vote and to invest in the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The United States of America urgently needs to rise to its full moral and spiritual height and lead the world to sanity and survival. I know this is possible because, in the 1980s, millions of wonderful people rose up nationally and internationally to end the nuclear arms race and to end the Cold War.

This, then, is the sound template upon which we must act. You can follow Dr Caldicott on Twitter @DrHCaldicott. Click here for Dr Caldicott’s complete curriculum vitae.

December 28, 2019 - Posted by | USA, weapons and war


  1. God bless you, Helen, and thank you for your life’s work, and for speaking truth to power. IMHO the basic cause is greed, and the insanity it evidences in the excessively wealthy … and the lack of faith that keeps good persons from parking those who own and control 99 percent of the Earth and are therefore responsible for what their assets do. Perhaps if we all speak the prayer that ends with “… and deliver us from the evil ones, amen,” we will not end ourselves. Or, perhaps, a few of us who survive will be rescued by friendly ETs who watch us with sad eyes.

    Love from another Earth-citizen, Terrence

    Sent from my iPad


    Comment by troneill | December 28, 2019 | Reply

  2. Donald Trump is easily the most psychotic President, in American History. More psychotic than mad King George of England. Easily as psychotic and dangerous as any Ed Gein or Mark Chapman type and yet it continues as POS.
    Think about the amount of money and resources, to keep this abyssmal lie and massive flim-flam afloat. The number of handlers and personal nursemaids, to keep this 300 pound psychotic, tub-of-lard perpetuated.
    The amount of lying and delusion goung on.
    Think about the amount of money and resources to keep it going. The termendous amounts of fake PR, lying iand delusion going on , to keep that psychotic baboon”s fake image and persona floating in this warped country. The blunt-forced propaganda, brainwashing and delusion going on in the USA, to keep this up. It would take an army of psych techs and security techs to maintain this thing in a psychiatric facility and, it is the president of the United States.

    Comment by MGD | December 29, 2019 | Reply

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