Echoes of Cold War haunt those fearing nuclear attack
By U-T Letter writers
Sep 27, 2017 | 12:05 PM
We must go back to diplomacy on nukes
Most of your readers likely did not live in San Diego in the 1950s and 1960s during the atmospheric testing of thermonuclear bombs by the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The biggest nuclear bomb tests were 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan.
Growing up in San Diego, I remember air raid sirens going off at preannounced and unannounced times. In school, when we heard the sirens, we were taught to dive under our desks for protection. When the atmospheric test ban treaty was signed in 1963, I naively thought the world had been saved from a nuclear holocaust.
Now, as a senior citizen, I watch with disbelief at the insults and threats between by our "dotard" president and North Korea's deranged dictator. We must negotiate a nuclear weapons ban to neutralize what this rhetoric could mean for humanity and the habitability of the Earth.
Can our president declare war on a country without the consent of Congress? Can the president order a bombing of a country such as North Korea without the consent of our military sector? Just who or what can restrain or remove this president who is so angry with so many persons and issues, slandering anyone on any issue that he doesn't agree with?
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