For the first time in months I’ve successfully logged in to tumblr. And the only reason I tried was because I have something to share. An online petition.
Laugh if you must, but this is important to me, and I can only hope it is important to you.
As one of the most insidious users of weapons of mass destruction, we, the United States, have the opportunity to demonstrate reform. We have the opportunity to model a change in international policy. We can disarm ourselves of the types of weapons whose proliferation we’ve employed our military (Iraq, perhaps Syria in the near future), political and economic sanctions (Iran, North Korea) and almost every other tool at our disposal to prevent. The single tool we’ve never used is modeling the path.
We’ve clung to our weapons out of fear that we may someday need to use them to defend ourselves, and on the argument that their very existence acts as a deterrent to attack. But can you imagine an attack that would prompt such a response? That would require us to inflict so much horror and devastation on any singular people? And how did that deterrent work for us 12 years ago to this day?
Weapons stockpiles inspire nothing but fear and survivalist competition. I’m not suggesting cutting the military here, I’m saying we need to join Syria in turning over weapons of mass destruction to international control. We need to voluntarily reduce our arms if we ever want another country to.
I don’t see this petition as the end of the problem. I see it as a beginning of the solution. This petition is a start to a movement, not the final step towards peace. I would appreciate your full support in moving forward with this. Please sign, share, and DON’T STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS.