Pope Francis: elimination of nuclear weapons is moral imperative
[Tell that to North Korea, Iran and Israel; Crux: “Every state with nuclear weapons – including the five veto-wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council – boycotted the congress” and countries that are developing nuclear weapons (such as Iran) or wish to have them for self-defense in the form of a strategy of MAD (mutually assured destruction) against a threatening, neighboring state (such as South Korea against the North) or actually have them but keep it secret although thinly-veiled (such as Israel)]
Catholic World News – March 28, 2017
In a message to a United Nations conference on nuclear weapons, Pope Francis said that the “ultimate goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons” is “both a challenge and a moral and humanitarian imperative.”
“The common destiny of mankind demands the pragmatic strengthening of dialogue and the building and consolidating of mechanisms of trust and cooperation, capable of creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons,” the Pope said in his message, which was dated March 23 and released March 28. “Growing interdependence and globalization mean that any response to the threat of nuclear weapons should be collective and concerted, based on mutual trust.”
This trust can be built only through dialogue that is truly directed to the common good and not to the protection of veiled or particular interests; such dialogue, as far as possible, should include all: nuclear states, countries which do not possess nuclear weapons, the military and private sectors, religious communities, civil societies, and international organizations. And in this endeavor we must avoid those forms of mutual recrimination and polarization which hinder dialogue rather than encourage it.
The UN conference, the Pope concluded, “is an exercise in hope and it is my wish that it may also constitute a decisive step along the road towards a world without nuclear weapons. Although this is a significantly complex and long-term goal, it is not beyond our reach.”