Dr. John Mack Anti Nuclear Protest

Dr. John Mack Anti Nuclear Protest

Dr. John Mack Anti Nuclear Protest

International Herald-Tribune



Nuclear Tests: People Could Stop Them

By John E. Mack

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts

Earlier this month, my wife, three sons and I and 144 other Americans, were arrested for trespassing at the nuclear weapons test site in Mercury, Nevada. We had crossed a painted white line that marked the boundary of the site in order to protest the resumption of American testing.

We could not understand why the United States was determined to test again despite the Soviet moratorium that began in August l985. It seems plain enough that an end to testing would effectively stop the development of new warheads and significantly curb the arms race.

The 149 people who crossed the white line, and the hundreds of others who stood by in the l05 degree (40 C) heat, were making a statement in the hope that they might help others to find the courage to speak out.

Our protest was different from many previous ones, for it included many Americans who do not ordinarily participate in such actions. Among those arrested were physicians, professors, educators, lawyers, writers, celebrities and people from working class backgrounds who came to Nevada at considerable personal sacrifice.

More than a third of the demonstrators, including my son Ken, chose to spend days or weeks in jail rather than pay a fine. 0thers face jail later if found guilty at trial.

During his arraignment at Beatty, Nevada, Ken told Judge William Sullivan that he thought that when whole families began to take actions like this together “that’s when this thing is going to turn around.” Judge Sullivan, obviously moved, stopped the proceedings and spoke to the packed courtroom. In an unusual expression of personal feeling, he told them cautiously, “I just want you all to know you are making progress through your efforts.”

But can our actions and others like them really bring a change of policy ? The Soviet test ban has been in effect for 10 months. Yet it has renewed little attention in America. Instead, Americans read of the relentless vilification of the Soviet Union by U.S. government leaders. Americans blame the Russians for the nuclear threat but rarely stop to question their own actions.

On March 22, Washington resumed nuclear weapons testing, offering the now familiar justifications that Moscow had gained a technical advantage in its last round of tests and that failure to test would raise doubt about the credibility of the U.S. nuclear deterrent. On June 5 the Department of Energy exploded yet another nuclear device in the Nevada desert.

Worst of all, America is abandoning the second strategic arms limitation accord, opening the way for unlimited nuclear escalation, on the grounds that U.S. security needs can best be achieved unilaterally. It is as if the government denied the central fact of our age : the mutual vulnerability and interdependence of nations brought about by nuclear weapons. Few people still believe that words like “ahead” and “advantage have real meaning in the nuclear age. Yet Washington still seems to think that security can be achieved by the initiatives of a single nation.

Why do people keep silent ? Why do Americans permit themselves to be led blindly by policies that undermine the relationship with Moscow – even though poll after poll shows that the great majority of Americans wish a more positive, more secure relationship ?

The answer, I believe, has to do with fear and a sense of powerlessness. The task of reducing the nuclear threat can seem awesome. Many feel intimidated by governrment leaders who seem to know the answers and who play on distrust of the Soviet Union. Not to comply with the authority of a popular president, to speak up on a matter of national security, to take a stand and say no, stirs fears that one seldom likes to confront.

Americans now have an opportunity to reduce the nuclear threat. Congress is considering a bill to cut off further funds for testing if the Soviet Union continues its moratorium. Fear must not be allowed to prevent that important step. That is why we crossed the line in Nevada and why my son spent six days in jail. We took a stand to show others that it is possible to do so.

The writer is professor of psychiatry at the Harvard University Medical School. He contributed this comment to The New York Times.

Note: With all due respect to Dr. John Mack R.I.P.


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NEVER mine uranium and/or develop nuclear weapons.

Indeed a majority of all nuclear weaponry and energy in North America exist because of actions by the syndicated Soviet Khazar elite, ruling over America from New York City, with help from its many Soviet transnational scientists such a Einstein, Teller and Oppenheimer.

Reference :

Scientists of Einstein

Also, Americans, in their true right traditional life, do NOT use or employ evil sorcery red magic nuclear technology and/or take dangerous drugs such as alcohol. Alcohol (often a Syndicate product) is a white poison and was NEVER part of America or American life.

The vast majority of all Americans do not consent to use of sacred true traditional lands as fascist Zionist military zones from which World Government / World Religion initimidates, guiltifies, terrifies, attacks, and attempts to dominate over, the Semitic Arab and Semitic Iranian People in their own sacred true traditional lands.


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