During the second day in the DISEC committee, we had the pleasure of receiving the visit of Anda Serban and Hrant Jaghinyan, who were representing ICAN Romania. We live in times in which Disneyland and Nuclear Armageddon exist simultaneously, a world where 51 billion dollars are spent for just 1 year of nuclear silos’ maintenance, in which nuclear weapons are transported in front of British taxpayers’ yards. Maybe it’s time for the world to unify under a common flag and address one of the most ardent hurdles.
The problem lies not in the detonation of one or ten or fifty nukes, but resides in the total interdiction of them. Letting the numbers aside, the implications are far greater if nuclear warheads are used. No one can really predict the full outcome and one has to think about the humanitarian implications. As Mrs. Serban said, a nuclear mushroom will not discriminate between a baby or a building, it will obliterate everything in front of it, and when states possess warheads such as Satan 2, maybe it’s time to ask oneself if we haven’t gone too far.
When speaking about the next United Nations Conference on the abolishment of Nuclear weapons in New York (27-30th of March) the goal, as stated by the guests, is to create a binding treaty with a powerful preamble in order to have power and after that, an open treaty for those who want to join in order to be ratified. But not everything is that simple. From the inside, it was shown that powerful nuclear states made tremendous pressures in order for others to back down. The citizens of Norway still don’t understand why the ministers withdrew from their original statements and shifted their perspective so much. Too make matters worse, the implications are even more severe: the reduction of support and the diminishment of smaller states’ courage to stand firm and, overall, a devaluation of Human Rights.
Will the survivors of nuclear accidents be able to open the eyes and minds of the decision makers in New York? Will the activists succeed in promoting a nuclear free future? These dilemmas persist for now. But what we’re witnessing today on the second day of BISMUN in DISEC shows that the desire is there, the hearths are in the right place and the delegates are giving their best in order to search for a solution to control the astounding power of the atom and its destructiveness.
By Paul Dragomir Tiplea, DISEC Press Officer