(UNEDITED)"I have a dream of a world without nuclear weapons." Ronald Reagan reportedly told this to his aides while advocating for a drastic reduction of those devastating arms in the Soviet Union and the United States. The Soviet Union fell, Europe was freed from the shackles of Communism and Democracy immerged in Siberia.
In the words of President Obama, "Today the Cold War has disappeared but thousands of those weapons have not." According to the Pentagon, the U.S. has 5,113 nuclear warheads at its disposal, more than enough to destroy the world many times over.
The United States enjoys the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world to have ever used nuclear weapons in war-in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We have learned of the horrors of nuclear attack and can vividly picture the likely consequences of nuclear war. No nation in the world (no matter how eccentric its leaders) wants nuclear war. Russia poses no major threat militarily, economically, or ideologically to us any longer. The
true threat to our survival is a terrorist attack on the poorly-defended Russian nuclear silos-and, as a consequence, a terrorist group with such a weapon. It is in our best interest for Russia to disarm, and thus for us to begin disarming.
Senators Hatch and Bennett should vote yes to the arms reduction treaty that President Obama negotiated with Russia. The Cold War has indeed ended-it is time to move on. It is time for a new, nuclear free age to begin.