Caldicott Disarmament Conference a Voice in the Wilderness

Dr. Helen Caldicott remains a leading light in the disarmament movement. (Photo: Paul Rifkin / Flickr Commons)

Dr. Helen Caldicott remains a leading light in the disarmament movement. (Photo: Paul Rifkin / Flickr Commons)

Apologies for a lapse in posting. I spent the weekend at a symposium organized by Dr. Helen Caldicott cheerfully titled The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction. In both speakers and audience, it was a mix of education and activism. I was hoping to have a post prepared about the highlights today, but I’m still backed up; hope to have it done by tomorrow a.m. In the meantime here’s a placeholder for the post — one of the “takeaways” (a word I usually don’t use) from the event:

It’s sadly ironic, but lower yields (explosive power) and decreased arsenals are proving as great a threat as the high-yield weapons and enormous arsenals of yore (the ’60s).

Why? Because they’re key ingredients of a recipe for an enduring nuclear-weapons program.

More tomorrow.