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Building a Just and Sustainable World   June 2008

George Shultz : No Nuclear Weapons

George Shultz (second from left) meets with Ronald Reagan and other members of his Cabinet in the Oval Office, 1986. Photo by White House Photo Office

Dear Reader,

Every so often, an idea that was once on the fringes becomes the mainstream. When I learned that George Shultz, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, is actively promoting the abolition of nuclear weapons, I felt that we had reached such a moment.

When I interviewed him, I found Secretary Shultz genuinely concerned about the grave dangers of nuclear proliferation. But he was also energized by the possibility that the nations of the world could come together to eliminate this peril from the planet. And he is working with others, including other Cold War veterans, to make a nuclear-free world a reality.

And none too soon. Revelations about A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, and his selling of nuclear secrets, concerns about North Korea's acquisition of nuclear weapons, and allegations that Iran is seeking the bomb make clear what the anti-nuclear movement has been saying for decades: We can’t afford not to abolish nuclear weapons.

You can read the interview and read Jonathan Schell's article on how to make a nuclear-free world a reality in the Summer issue of YES!.

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Sarah van Gelder
Executive Editor, YES! Magazine

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