The American Solidarity Party of Virginia solemnly commemorates a dark day in American history: the first use of a nuclear weapon in human history. Such power and devastation was unimaginable. In the words of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a scientist on the Manhattan Project, on the creation of nuclear weapons and their use, “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.
Indeed, United States became a destroyer of worlds for the civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The destruction of innocent civilians on such a massive scale can never be fully justified. While other means of warfare such as fire bombing are also devastating, the lasting and horrific effects of nuclear explosions make them a class of weapons beyond any other.
Nuclear Weapons Cause Instability in the World
Moreover, the deployment of nuclear weapons began an arms race of apocalyptic proportions. Tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States took on catastrophic importance. Both countries were frequently on the brink of launching their massive nuclear arsenals. The result would have been the destruction of the world as we know it. Mutually assured destruction for the sake of competing ideologies was a fact of life. Thankfully, the agents of peace prevailed. Agreements were created between nuclear powers banning the use of these weapons of mass destruction were banned. Further agreements have reduced nuclear weapon stockpiles. A culture of nonproliferation has prevailed and mutually assured survival is the policy of nuclear states.
Nuclear Lessons of the Past Inform Our Future
While we remember the tragic deployment of nuclear weapons 72 years ago, we soberly recall our own nuclear crises. North Korea has reportedly miniaturized a nuclear device. This technological milestone allows North Korea to place a nuclear device into a missile capable of striking South Korea, Japan, and even the United State. While North Korea still has more milestones to reach before becoming a nuclear power, these events are troubling. Therefore, we call upon world leaders to come together in Solidarity to continue the culture of nonproliferation. Furthermore, we call on nuclear states, especially China and the United States, to do whatever is necessary to discourage North Korea from plunging the world again into a nuclear cold war.