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The sixtieth anniversary of the dropping of Atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a time for prayer and reflection on the horrific devastation caused by the awesome power and energy released by those weapons of mass destruction. It was an instant hell on earth; suffering in the aftermath unimagined for those who lived to tell about it.

The present stockpiles of advanced and powerful nuclear weapons in the arsenals of Russia and United States can decimate the world many times over and make this planet uninhabitable for millions of years. This is a sobering thought and image to contemplate. It is frightening that other nations, some not so responsible, are now openly or secretly in overdrive to join the exclusive nuclear club of states that possess such weapons.

In light of this, the courageous initiative and important work of Senator Richard Lugar and former Senator Sam Nunn is worthy of note. The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program has, since 1991, eliminated 6500 nuclear and thousands of chemical, and biological weapons and delivery systems from the arsenals of Russia and the U.S. Accelerating this weapon dismantling process agreed upon between the two countries with additional resources and urgency is critical before any weapons get into wrong hands or the window of understanding may close under a less-friendly Russian regime. The world does not need another Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be convinced that the use of nuclear weapons will be a threat to the entire planet and every living being.

Kanwal Prakash "KP" Singh
Indianapolis, Indiana USA


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