The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced the symbolic Doomsday Clock a notch closer to the end of humanity Thursday, moving it ahead by 30 seconds. It is now set at two minutes to "midnight."
William Lambers’ commentary, “Rewinding the Doomsday Clock” (Jan. 29), is absolutely correct. Nuclear weapons can never be used strategically. Their awesome destructiveness would harm both those who were targeted and the ones who sent the weapons because nuclear fallout knows no boundaries.
More dangerous still is their possible acquisition and use by terrorists. As long as nuclear weapons are around, we are playing Russian roulette with fate of humankind and life on earth, and it doesn’t matter if we are playing with a six-chamber gun or a 600-chamber gun. If we keep spinning the wheel and pulling the trigger, eventually the gun will go off.
As Mr. Lambers points out, we ought to follow the path laid out by Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy and proceed with active diplomacy to develop a Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty as first step. With the Doomsday Clock at 2 minutes to midnight, there is no time to waste.
Dan Morhaim, Annapolis
The writer, a Democrat, represents District 11, Baltimore County, in the Maryland House of Delegates.