Letters to the Editor

Nuclear madness

August 2, 2010


To the editor:

Aug. 6 will mark the 45th anniversary of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima, Japan. This and the subsequent bombing of Nagasaki were followed by decades of nuclear standoff between the USSR and the United States while we expanded our nuclear stockpiles exponentially. Fear was used by leaders of both sides for political purposes.

Despite past arms reduction treaties, our current nuclear arsenal is estimated to have 150,000 times the destructive power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The treaty recently signed by the U.S. and Russia calls for a reduction to 1,550 deployed warheads. This quantity of weapons of mass destruction still is obscene! President Obama is recommending billions of dollars a year just to maintain the weapons, and there will be additional costs for delivery systems and personnel.

At least the current treaty is a step in the right direction, but it must be ratified by the Senate. We should be asking current senators and candidates for the Senate, especially those in the “Party of No,” what their position is on this treaty. Do they intend to work for further reductions? Must we continue to live in such fear that we reserve the right to destroy the world in the name of self-defense?

On Aug. 6, the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice will sponsor a vigil from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Ninth and Massachusetts to commemorate those who died in the nuclear attacks. Please join us.

Joe Douglas,



puddleglum 5 years ago

c'mon man, a little nuclear bomb never hurt anybody.

puddleglum 5 years ago

So is this vigil a celebration of the atomic attacks? a celebration of the end of WWII?

puddleglum 5 years ago

sigh......just not the same without girlfriend.

tbaker 5 years ago

It seems to me Mr. Douglas proceeds from the presumption that our country’s mere possession of nuclear weapons somehow makes the US bad. If one follows this logic, what does our advisories possession and/or attempt to acquire these weapons make them? Instead of holding some weepy vigil to commemorate the Japanese who died in the nuclear attacks that ended WWII, he should hold a vigil that gives thanks for all the lives the use of these weapons ultimately saved. So long as there are people who pray for the destruction of the United States, we need to demonstrate our ability to retaliate in order to deter them. In Mr. Douglas’ utopian world, deterrence shouldn’t be necessary. I wish this were true. As it is, nuclear weapons are like condoms; best to have one and not need it, then need one and not have it.

uncleandyt 5 years ago

Nuclear weapons are not like condoms. ...at all

notajayhawk 5 years ago

Well, both can have dire consequences if used improperly ...

cato_the_elder 5 years ago

All of those sick of hearing the regular rantings of Douglas and his smarmy "Coalition," please raise your hands.

Lawrence didn't used to be like this.


jafs 5 years ago

Actually, Lawrence has become demonstrably more conservative over the last 15 years.

cato_the_elder 5 years ago

Jafs, whatcha been smokin'? You're beginning to sound like Bozo.

Ken Lassman 5 years ago

Joe's point is: just how many condoms do you need? I mean, the whole back room is full of 'em, and Russia's having a hard time (ahem...) keeping track of them, and there's those middle eastern teenagers who are hot to trot, knocking on doors, waving money around to try to get some, and you know, once you start, there's no turning back....

fester0420 5 years ago

To say Russia's having problems keeping them is not true they have not lost a single 1, despite the rumers

Mixolydian 5 years ago

What fear?

Who's living in fear?

I'm not, but I'm perfectly happy to have the strongest possible defense for our nation.

Party of no? Really? Sounds like you always had parents of "yes" growing up and got a bit too spoiled. No is a perfectly sane and rational response to what is coming out of D.C. these days.

Jimo 5 years ago

No gets us nowhere.

Any wingnut or terrorist can destroy. Who can build?

notajayhawk 5 years ago

Right, Jimo, much better to be a member of the party of 'Don't Know', like your esteemed self.

uncleandyt 5 years ago

The U.S. is on Offense, and has been since before I was born.

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

"This quantity of weapons of mass destruction still is obscene!" Nuclear weapons appeal to your prurient interests? Fascinating.....

Stuart Evans 5 years ago

I've been pondering a new idea recently. What if we didn't really have all the nukes we claim to have? Perhaps those numbers have always been hyper-inflated; perhaps all that money we've supposedly spent on nukes was being used for a loftier, Illuminati-driven goal?

They say it's been 40 years since we went to the moon. What if that's not really the case?

TheYetiSpeaks 5 years ago

"...were followed by decades of nuclear standoff between the USSR and the United States while we expanded our nuclear stockpiles exponentially. Fear was used by leaders of both sides for political purposes."

Interesting view....My view would have been: Because of the invention of the nuclear bomb The United States and the Soviet Union had many years of STANDOFF instead of full scale wars, due to the fear and respect both sides had for the others' nuclear possessions.

notajayhawk 5 years ago

Of course, when those missiles come to that sudden and inevitable stop ...

notajayhawk 4 years, 12 months ago

BTW, you DID know that the bombs that have already been dropped - and detonated successfully - were airburst, ergo still in motion?

Rich Noever 5 years ago

Joe, Who is going to cry for all of those that were murdered by the Empire of Japan? We offered them peace and they spit in our face. Thankfully, we did use the bombs and brought the war to an end. I can tell you from living in Japan that many Japanese never forgave the Emperor for surrendering. Think of the human costs if we had invaded their borders. Maybe you should rename your group Coalition For Peace At Any Price.

mr_right_wing 5 years ago

Speak softly..... .....and possess a very powerful ICBM!

War hawks fly free! Peace doves are caged.

uncleandyt 5 years ago

There is nothing "Conservative" to be found in wasting trillions of dollars on weapons. The thoughtless comments above justify Rush Limbaugh's giant paychecks. The AM radio war-pigs are very convincing. Who among you is not a ditto-head? The Right is wrong, the Right is wrong, the Right is wrong.

mr_right_wing 5 years ago

Yes, we can bad mouth excessive spending on defense now; but remember back in the 1980s under President Reagan...that same excessive spending is what brought the cold war to an end. Russia couldn't keep up and was forced to talk. Had they outspent us, things could be much, much different today.

uncleandyt 5 years ago

...and it will be the 65th anniversary

mr_right_wing 5 years ago

This is going to probably sound like I'm contradicting myself, but I really don't think I am. I have no problems with a candlelight vigil for the innocent victims of the atomic bombs. I do have a very serious problem if it turns into a bash America fest. So many innocent people died horrible deaths because of those two bombs. The culprit here though is not our own country, it was the (then) Japanese government who had plenty of chances to avoid what happened. It was TWO bombs after all, and we didn't just do them a day apart so the Japanese wouldn't have time to surrender..... America absolutely did the right thing, but I'm still willing to mourn those who had to die in order for the Japanese government to give in. That blood was on their hands, not ours.

HaRDNoK9 5 years ago

The end does not justify the means. The means IS the end. For example, if you address crime by making more laws, all you end up with is more criminals.

Applied to nuclear proliferation, more nuclear weapons will only facilitate a more efficient incineration of the planet. But after the fallout, and all the people are just shadows in the rubble, I guess the planet will realize world peace because everyone will be gone.

BigPrune 5 years ago

1945 + 45 = 1990. Was this letter written in 1990?

The "party of no" ended the cold war, don't forget.

puddleglum 4 years, 12 months ago

party of no had NOTHING to do with ending the cold war. The president of the ussr ended the cold war. quit dreaming that Ronald Reagan did it, He just lucked out by being the president when the Ussr finally went broke.

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