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George Bush leads the US toward a policy of unilateral, pre-emptive counterproliferation warfighting strategy.

Abolish nuclear weapons

The Cold War may be over, but this does not mean nuclear weapons have disappeared. Far from it: There are over 30,000 nuclear weapons in the world, with more than a thousand of them ready to launch at a moment's notice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Over 400 reactors in warships and nuclear submarines are still circlingthe globe. Some are rotting away on the bottom of the ocean or in adistant port somewhere in Russia. Accidents such as the Russiansubmarine, the Kursk, tragically sinking in the Barents Sea can happenevery day, anywhere.

Over 2,000 nuclear weapons tests have left a legacy of global andregional contamination. People living near the test sites have sufferedfrom cancers, stillbirths, miscarriages and other health effects -- and are still suffering today. Manyhad to leave their hometown or island as it became too contaminated tolive there.

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The nuclear threat has quite literally scaled down in the last twodecades. While the prospect of an all out exchange of arsenals betweenRussia and the US has receded, the 15 kilotons of destructionthat obliterated Hiroshima could today be accomplished with a lunch-boxsized bomb. George Bush talks openly of developing new "more useable"nuclear weapons. Even more alarmingly, the administration continues toseek approval for a programme geared toward designing more robust, more'usable' nuclear weapons.

The prospects of a nuclear weapon actuallybeing used are perhaps greater today than during the cold war.

Today, the number of countries involved in active weapons programsis increasing. A growing number of countries are lining up to join thenuclear club, increasing the chance that a nuclear catastrophe willhappen somewhere on the planet. 

George Bush's war on Weapons of Mass Descruction had its firstconcrete result when the number of countries in the world with declarednuclear weapons increased to 8 from 7, when North Korea announced thatit had built "enough nuclear weapons to deter a US attack."

Nuclear brinkmanship is inevitable in a climate of nuclearhypocrisy. Only when all countries pursue nuclear disarmament in goodfaith can we begin putting the nuclear genie back in the bottle bybanning the use and manufacture of the nuclear materials at the heart of the bomb.

The only thing that will stop the threat is the voice of the second superpower: world opinion.

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Greenpeace activists block an Esso petrol

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists block an Esso petrol station for business in Esch, Luxembourg this morning. More than 600 volunteers from around the world are shutting down oil company Esso in the European country of Luxembourg in a Greenpeace protest...

Greenpeace activists block an Esso petrol

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists block an Esso petrol station for business in Esch, Luxembourg this morning. More than 600 volunteers from around the world are shutting down oil company Esso in the European country of Luxembourg in a Greenpeace protest...

600 Greenpeace volunteers shut down every

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 1:00

600 Greenpeace volunteers shut down every Esso pump in Luxembourg

Full Report: Exxon's weapons of mass deception: The assessment of Greenpeace...

Publication | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

The full Greenpeace report detailing Exxon's campaign of deception to distort public opinion and mislead the media on the issue of global warming.

Exxon's weapons of mass deception: The assessment of Greenpeace International

Publication | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

Executive summay of a report detailing Exxon's efforts to distort public opinion on climate change. Foreword by Bianca Jagger.

Greenpeace activist (and International Executive

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace activist (and International Executive Director) Gerd Leipold. Greenpeace shut down the Esso station in Wasserbillig, on the border of Luxembourg and Germany, as part of a nationwide protest.

Greenpeace activists erect a statue of liberty

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists erect a statue of liberty replica to block an Esso petrol station for business in Esch, Luxembourg today. More than 600 volunteers from around the world are shutting down oil company Esso in the European country of Luxembourg...

These Esso pumps that usually pump out the

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

These Esso pumps that usually pump out the cheapest petrol in Europe will stand still today.

Greenpeace activists shut down the Esso station

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists shut down the Esso station in Wasserbillig, on the border of Luxembourg and Germany, as part of a nationwide protest.

Greenpeace activists Ralf Mannstedt and Sylvia

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists Ralf Mannstedt and Sylvia Krautstein from Germany chain up one of the many pumps at the Esso station in Wasserbillig.

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