Biden Can’t Lose Sight of the Nuclear Crisis

Editor’s Note: & nbspEvery week we publish an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column on WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column Here.

At the inauguration on Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden will likely be before thefour historical crisesHe has repeatedly stated that he is facing our country: a global pandemic, a severe recession, climate change and systemic racism. Yet with so many challenges competing for our attention, we cannot afford to lose sight of a fifth crisis: the ongoing threat of nuclear annihilation.

Looking at the nuclear crisis might be unthinkable for Americans coming of age during the Cold War, when nuclear destruction preoccupied our collective imaginations. 1983 for example 100 million Americans looked The day after, a television movie depicting a possible nuclear holocaust. As described in a current one documentaryHis haunting images – including a mushroom cloud erupting over the Kansas plains and scorching bodies within its explosion radius – terrified viewers, including President Ronald Reagan. And it spurred our political leaders to join millions of grassroots activists around the world Take action to prevent nuclear war.

While the nuclear conflict has largely disappeared from the public consciousness, it still poses a clear and present threat. America is now in a new Cold War with Russia several direct engagements between the armed forces of the two countries and increasing tensions between Russia and the United States’ NATO allies. Meanwhile, the United States and Russia are still holding almost 2,000 atomic bombs on hair trigger alarm. No wonder last year the Atomic Scientist’s Bulletins has adapted his Doomsday clock reflect an increased likelihood of global annihilation.

Read the full text of Katrina’s column Here.

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