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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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Turkish activist Semiah in the early morning

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

Turkish activist Semiah in the early morning hours helps shut down one of the Esso station in Luxembourg.

Greenpeace activists shut down the Esso station

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

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

Greenpeace activist Annika Gippert from Germany

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace activist Annika Gippert from Germany at the Esso station in Wasserbillig, Luxembourg, beside a banner in Hebrew. Activists from 31 countries joined the action.

Greenpeace activists shut down the Esso station

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

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

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.

Andrea from Italy stopping Esso in Luxembourg

Image | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

Andrea from Italy stopping Esso in Luxembourg.

Three Rs urgently needed in Mediterranean

Feature story | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

As we sailed into the Mediterranean Sea a few weeks ago, the first thing that struck me was all the garbage floating around the ship. We were starting to identify the often sighted bottle-fish and plastic bag-turtles between beautiful pilot...

Greenpeace shuts down Esso

Feature story | 25 October, 2002 at 0:00

While the world's nations talked about the Kyoto protocol and how to stop climate change at a conference in India, Greenpeace took action to stop the world's #1 climate criminal in an entire nation.

Dow shuns responsiblity for disaster

Feature story | 24 October, 2002 at 0:00

Dow Chemical is shunning their responsibility for cleaning up the worst industrial disaster in history. When they bought out Union Carbide, they only saw the assets it would bring, they turned a blind eye to the to the 8000 that died in the...

Diary from the Rainbow Warrior

Feature story | 22 October, 2002 at 0:00

Mostly, Lucy spends her time at a desk on the fifth floor of the Greenpeace office in Amsterdam, but somehow she has smuggled herself on board the Rainbow Warrior. Now, for 16 days, she will scrub toilets, paint decks, help out with cetacean...

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