Last week gave us, among other things, reports that North Korea had the tech to put nukes on ICBMs, President Donald Trump promising to rain down “fire and fury” on the Hermit Kingdom, Kim Jong-un’s government laying out a plan to fire nuclear-capable missiles towards U.S.-occupied Guam, and Trump musing that his earlier statement “wasn’t tough enough.” In short, the actions of two impulsive and inexperienced leaders inched the world uncomfortably close to nuclear war.
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“I have only a small story to offer, but my generation is the last that will be able to share it with the world.” –Sueichi Kido (5 years old, Nagasaki)
Growing up on the island of Oahu, a place too often hailed a “racial paradise” though racial tensions are actually prevalent and problematic, indigenous rights and native sovereignty are subjects that I was raised to care deeply about. The impact of radioactive contamination among mainland indigenous communities, however, is an issue I had little exposure to prior to joining Global Zero.
Since its first nuclear test in 2006, North Korea has slowly but surely pushed itself to become a nuclear power. In the intervening years, the rest of the world has attempted a diplomatic freeze to the Hermit Kingdom’s nuclear program and, when that collapsed, embraced a cycle of condemnation and sanctioning.
Bonnaroo was an experience that I’m sure many will not forget. I know the Global Zero team won’t. And yet I’m sure – beyond the art and music – the nearly 4,000 people who signed our petition left ‘Roo 2017 with something else that is unforgettable: Donald Trump can launch a nuke at any time, on any country, without approval from anyone. Luckily, the power to change that is in their hands.
Why do most people go to Bonnaroo? To see live music? Meet new people? Get irresponsibly inebriated? Last week, Global Zero went for a very different reason: to wake people up to the threat of nuclear weapons. Not exactly your traditional music festival experience.
Delhi cannot be attacked without compromising Lahore, and Lahore cannot be attacked without compromising Delhi. How then is increasing nuclearisation in South Asia of long term benefit to any party in the region? Why is nobody questioning this?
The time for tough words is long past over. The time for diplomacy is now. t.co/dKMiImt1Rx