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In his historic visit to Hiroshima, President Obama restated his desire for a world free of nuclear weapons. Please write a letter advocating concrete actions to achieve this.

Jack Geiger's Message

We are approaching the half-century anniversary of a landmark event:  the successful effort by a handful of physicians and physicists to tell the somber truth that nuclear war was not survivable, and to counter the false and dangerous military (and so-called “civil defense”) promises that it was. The then-fledgling PSR and, later, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War have continued that effort ever since.

But this cannot be just a celebration -- or a self-congratulatory acknowledgement of past history. It is, equally, a warning and a challenge to a new generation of medical students, residents and Physicians to take up that challenge, to recognize that our planet is still awash in nuclear weapons and the fuels to produce them, to know that the threat has -- perhaps -- changed in form but remains as ominous as the acronym of the 1960s: MAD. It is your task, now, to finish what we (and many others) began so long ago: to lead the struggle to eliminate nuclear weapons and make a reality of another 1960s acronym: SANE, for the sake of humankind.

Jack Geiger, MD

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