Cold warriors work toward end of nuclear arms

By Laurie Bennett

February 1, 2010 at 7:07am

Lions of politics and business have teamed up on a new documentary advocating an end to all nuclear weapons.

The film, called Nuclear Tipping Point, features Republicans Henry Kissinger and George Shultz and Democratics William Perry and Sam Nunn.

In their leadership of the State Department, Defense Department and Senate Armed Services, respectively, the four helped build America’s nuclear arsenal.

Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger

Now, as they did three years ago in a column for the Wall Street Journal, they argue that all such weapons must be destroyed to prevent them from falling into the hands of terrorists.

The old approach of deterrence no longer applies, they say.

“The classical notion of deterrence was that there were some consequences before which aggressors and evil-doers would recoil,” Kissinger says. “In the world of suicide bombers, that calculation doesn’t operate in any comparable way.”

Ted Turner and Warren Buffett funded the film, which is narrated by Michael Douglas and introduced by Gen. Colin Powell.

The movie is available for free, through the Nuclear Tipping Point web site.

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