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The Cold War Report December 6, 2007
 
Megatons and Memory Holes
Richard Rhodes, Richard Perle, and the Man Who Saved the World By Alexander Zaitchik Browse author Email
 
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The bottom line, says Steven Kull, director of WorldPublicOpinion.org, is that “in contrast to the growing tension between their governments, publics in the U.S. and Russia [still] show enthusiasm for dramatic cooperative steps to reduce the nuclear threat.”

"Current U.S. security policies do not reflect underlying public opinion," agrees John Steinbruner, who co-conceived the poll. 

Nor does it reflect broader global opinion, which is still waiting for movement among the nuclear powers toward abolition, as required by the Non-Proliferation Treaty. At the moment, the world is having difficulty getting the nuclear powers to even consider minor steps. 

Earlier this month, the UN Disarmament Committee voted 124-3 in favor of total “de-alerting” nuclear weapons, a move that would increase response time and lessen the risk of accident or unauthorized launch. The measure was opposed by the United States, France and Britain.  

Closing this gap between nuclear policy and public opinion will require either a nuclear war to remind us what these weapons actually do, or the emergence of a new generation of brave leadership with a mass disarmament movement at its back. Right now, the former looks far more likely.


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