Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation by Helen Caldicott – review

A collection of essays that focuses on the US president as the source of our greatest danger

When Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2009 there were grumbles, later justified by an insider who admitted they had made the award in the hope of “strengthening” the new US president. The prize was an inducement rather than an acknowledgement. Perhaps the same tactic has been used with the 2017 award, which went to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Is the prize being used to bestow hope on a chosen cause?

Hope has no place in the nuclear debate: this dreadful issue is far beyond such intangibles. In trying to reduce the threat we need pragmatism, not ceremony and celebration, but in these days of lurid discourse and blunt opinions, cool, hard pragmatism just doesn’t pull in the retweets.

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