Proliferation

The spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), which can be chemical, biological, or nuclear, has significantly enhanced threat levels and insecurity on our planet. The potential for enormous loss of life, far greater than casualties resulting from conventional wars between nations, and total disruption of life for prolonged periods pose a great danger to all of humanity. The danger is more pronounced because of the emergence of international terrorism. There are many nations that possess weapons of mass destruction. However, weapons of mass destruction (especially nuclear weapons) in the hands of rogue nations (i.e. nations committed to authoritarian, dictatorial, or exclusivist regimes) pose an even greater danger due to the possibility of these weapons slipping into the hands of terrorists.

Therefore, we urge all elected officials to support legislation intended to limit testing and ban proliferation. We also support measures aimed at eliminating the obvious and real threats posed by the availability of nuclear weapons and know-how in the republics of the former Soviet Union.