Arms Control is Not Enough

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					Arms Control is Not Enough
Paul Magno
In These Times; Dec 2009; 33, 12; Docstoc
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Description: During the 19805, much of the disarmament movement put great effort into understanding the substance of U.S. nuclear weapons strategy and technology in order to stand against it. At our trial, we were able to discuss the history of the Pershing ? missile, from 1962 when it was a twinkle in Robert McNamara's eye to its deployment in Europe in 1983. We talked about Martin Mariettas profiteering from it (the company is now Lockheed Martin, the worlds largest military contractor and still a major player in nuclear weapons research and development). With such knowledge, the nuclear abolition movement was able not only to advocate against these policies, but to educate and mobilize large numbers of citizens to nonviolently resist the entire first strike weapons agenda.The Reagan administration, hawkish as it was, had its hands full trying to maintain momentum for such weapons. A worldwide public debate over the politics and morality of nuclear weapons ensued, forcing Ronald Reagan to negotiate an agreement to destroy nuclear weapons with Michael Gorbachev. The result was the 1987 abolition of Euromissiles on both sides, unprecedented in the history of the nuclear arms race. The Pershing I, designed for a 20-year lifespan, was consigned to the scrap heap after only four.
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