The winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize are a group called ICAN — the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The award, given this political moment’s volatility, is a welcome surprise. After all, America hasn’t even heard about our “nuclear stockpile” in ages, because there just wasn’t any reason to bring it up.
Now, of course, the country is saddled with a President who is not only obsessed with military superiority over all other nations, but who is egomaniacal, thin-skinned, and prone to unscripted outbursts. That means the threat of actual nuclear war is closer today than it has been in decades, and that’s counting the Reagan years — there was plenty of bluster back then, but none doubted that Reagan was a diplomat first and foremost.
It was this threat of potential disaster that was in the mind of Beatrice Fihn, the director of ICAN, during the speech she gave while accepting the prestigious honor.
We have a choice: the end of nuclear weapons, or the end of us. The deaths of millions may be one tiny tantrum away.”
Truly, the entire ceremony seemed to be about the world’s proximity to nuclear war with Donald Trump’s finger on the American “red button.”
The chair of the Nobel committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said:
We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time.”
In a statement released on their Facebook page, ICAN reiterated their dedication to the abolition of nukes:
This is a time of great global tension, when fiery rhetoric could all too easily lead us, inexorably, to unspeakable horror. If ever there were a moment for nations to declare their unequivocal opposition to nuclear weapons, that moment is now.”
As Donald calls his friends to brag about sending the perfect tweet to “Little Rocket Man,” North Korea tests new weapons almost daily. We would do well to heed the warnings of this year’s Nobel Prize winner for Peace.
Watch the moment of acceptance here:
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