Maybe “The Nose” was not nosy enough when showing the photo of peace activists holding a mock funeral procession for the Earth (TNT, 4-24).
I am one of the pallbearers in the photo, and I do look rather serious or even sad as we processed meditatively toward the Federal Building in Seattle wearing monks’ robes and praying for our Earth. We were trying to call attention to a very sad situation - the nuclear weapons a few miles away at Bangor - and what they do to our region and the world.
At the Federal Building, we had scheduled meetings with field reps of Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, urging the abolition of this scourge of nuclear weapons in our backyard. We are told these weapons systems are a necessary deterrent.
Would they deter a suicide bomber? Deter Iran from building even one nuke? Deter proliferation? No, they haven’t; just the opposite, in fact.
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Here’s what I see that these obscenely costly and toxic instruments of threat and violence do deter. They deter us from having health care for tens of millions of our citizens. They deter us from adequately educating our children. They deter us from fixing our crumbling roads, bridges and other infrastructure. They deter us from housing our homeless and poor people. They deter us from healing our planet’s environment. They deter us from reaching out in compassion to our suffering world. They deter peaceful resolution of conflict around the world.