Nuclear Tipping Point
January 27, 2010 by USA Post
Nuclear Tipping Point:The Cold War may be over, but the world remains on the brink of a “Nuclear Tipping Point.” That’s the title of a documentary film that focuses on the efforts of four former U.S. officials — secretaries of state George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former Senator Sam Nunn — to reduce U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons and prevent them from falling into dangerous hands. The documentary premieres tonight at Universal Studios and all four will be joined at the screening by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for a panel discussion.
The film, narrated by actor Michael Dougles, includes interviews with Schwarzenegger and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. “I am thankful that George Shultz, Bill Perry, Henry Kissinger, and Sam Nunn have a big vision — a vision as big as humanity — to free the world of nuclear weapons and to take the steps we need to realize that vision,” Schwarzenegger, a Republican, said in a statement issued this morning.
Nunn added, “If we want other nations to join us in a tough approach to nuclear t*rror*sm and the spread of nuclear weapons and materials, I believe that we must commit to the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and lead the world in taking concrete steps to reduce nuclear dangers,” said former Senator Sam Nunn, co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). “That vision is essential to build the cooperation we need from countries around the globe to prevent a nuclear nightmare.”
Said Perry: “Over the long term, we need to be heading towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons. And over the short term we need to be taking the steps to reduce the danger that nuclear weapons…could be used,”says former Secretary William Perry in the film.“This is such an important problem in my mind, that it dwarfs all other considerations, and I have, myself, decided to devote the balance of my career to working to achieve that goal.”
Said Kissenger: “If the existing nuclear countries cannot develop some restraints among themselves, in other words, if nothing fundamental changes, then I would expect the use of nuclear weapons in some 10-year period is very possible. Once nuclear weapons are used, we will be driven to take global measures to prevent it. Why don’t we do it now?”
DVDs of the film can be requested — free of charge — at www.nucleartippingpoint.org.
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