Nuclear Weapons: Another Threat to Humanity
While the international community was debating the future of the Earth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, nuclear disarmament was still a pending subject, which threatens human survival.
Global warming and climate change are serious problems, which are intensified by the threat of nuclear weapons.
Forty years after the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was signed, there are more than 20,000 nuclear weapons and about 5,000 are ready to be used immediately, as Cuba recently stated at the Disarmament Conference.
Exploding 100 warheads, which is only a small part of the global arsenal, would bring about what researchers have call a “nuclear winter” –- something that Cuban leader Fidel Castro has warned us all about on numerous occasions.
Smoke would cover the Earth and would block sunlight, causing the surface of the planet to be cold and dark. Humanity could face that danger if the nuclear weapons industry does not stop.
Billions of dollars are spent in the production of weapons, while billions of people suffer from famine, and 11 million children die every year due to diseases that could be prevented.
The United States, one of the biggest pollutant countries, prevailed last year as the leader in military spending with 41% of the global military expenditures.
Although Article 6 of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty binds the signatory nuclear States to negotiate the eventual elimination of these weapons, Cuba condemned the lack of will to move ahead on this matter.
The truth is that the World is hanging by a thread and there is the possibility that these weapons could be used at a given moment and the whole planet would be enveloped in the holocaust.
There is no doubt that international security is threatened by the existence of these weapons and their complete elimination is a matter of survival for humanity.