On the 64th anniversary of Hiroshima, columnists around the world say the time for disarmament is right now.A Nation's Experience
Trust us, says an editorial in the Japan Times
. "As the only nation to have experienced atom bomb attacks and the
horrors of nuclear devastation, Japan can provide impetus to the
efforts that would eventually lead to creation of a nuclear-free world.
It should not miss the chance to work together with the U.S. toward
this goal."The U.N. Chief's Case
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
offers a five-point plan for a nuclear-free world. "This, then, is my plan to drop the bomb. Global security challenges are
serious enough without the risks from nuclear weapons or their
acquisition by additional states or non-state actors."
Peace, Not Vengeance
In the Japan Times, Eric Freed
says the Japanese don't commemorate the anniversary of the atomic bomb with calls for vengeance. "The remembering is done to try and express a profound respect for human
life and to try to express a desire that we as a human community do not
ever again do what we have done."A Nuclear-Free Middle East Shlomo Ben-Ami
says Israel should be honest about its nuclear capabilities so the world can have "a serious debate serious debate about the urgency of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East."Obama's Nuclear Promises Anne Penketh
says Clinton's trip to North Korea shows that Obama is serious about disarmament, especially when it comes to Iran. "Obama has reached out to his former antagonist in order to play to Mr.
Clinton's strengths. And he may have taken another step along the road
to nuclear disarmament. Believe me, the Iranians are watching."
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