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UK’s decision to expand nuclear weapons – destabilises the fragile world order say Musicians for Peace and disarmament

Guardian 23rd March 2021, Letter: Serhii Plokhy’s article (Boris Johnson is playing a dangerous
nuclear game, 19 March) explains why this could not be a worse time for the
government to raise the cap on nuclear warheads. Musicians for Peace and
Disarmament (MPD) has been campaigning for a nuclear-free world since 1983.
Although progress towards this end has been painfully slow, little did we
expect such a sudden and profound setback as the recent announcement.

This reckless decision threatens to destabilise the already fragile world order,
and instead of using precious funds for positive purposes, it squanders
them on weapons of mass destruction that can never be used, are illegal,
and are inherently immoral. Society will need rebuilding after the
destructive effects of the pandemic; millions of people around the world
are in desperate need of help after years of conflict in their countries,
yet foreign aid has been cut; and the climate emergency, now almost at the
point of no return, must be made a matter of absolute priority. Along with
countless other people who have expressed their dismay, MPD strongly urges
the prime minister and his government to show political wisdom and moral
leadership by withdrawing this plan.

March 25, 2021 - Posted by | general

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