Nuclear retaliation is wrong


“Bush drops verbal bomb in discussion of Iraq plans: President threatens nuclear retaliation as polls shows American support for war” (Dec. 12).

Only a society that routinely kills people to send the message that killing people is wrong could actually contemplate using nuclear weapons — actually using nuclear weapons — to send the message that weapons of mass destruction are a threat to humanity.

Jack Hicks

Editor’s note: The statement attributed to U.S. President George Bush, contained in a six-page strategy paper on national defence that the White House presented to Congress last week, was widely reported in the world’s press. New words in the strategy say: “The United States will continue to make clear that it reserves the right to respond with overwhelming force — including through resort to all our options — to the use of WMD (weapons of mass destruction) against the United States, our forces abroad, and friends and allies.”

The phrase “all our options” includes the use of nuclear weapons.

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