Regarding Judith Hallock's letter [“No Nukes: Asheville Resident Explains Why She Protested at Oak Ridge, July 28, Xpress]: While I sincerely respect her patriotism, dedication to [the] cause and [the] courage of conviction demonstrated by facing the shame and inconvenience of arrest and prosecution (in a huge constitutional compromise, considering the supposed right to assemble and speak), Judith's reluctance to accept the reality of the nuclear dynamic is childishly naive. I might respectfully add that driving an air-conditioned-cum-bumper-sticker-clad Subaru to eventually arrive in an equally air-conditioned holding cell in East Tennessee doesn't exactly rival the sacrifice of Martin Luther King Jr.’s/Ghandi's ilk. I'm certain many if not most of us would love to Barbara Eden-blink atomic fission-fusion right out of existence, but surely as the sun shines above (heady simile, eh?), it's a genie that is not going back into the bottle.
What should be of general concern is the way relatively exclusive development and possession of nuclear arms has allowed our supposedly peace-loving America to evolve into a cowardly, subtly imperialist aggressor-nation. Ever notice how (even with our inconceivably powerful military machine and equally potent belief that “we're right, damn it!”) we have only had organized armed conflict with entities that don’t have nuclear capability? We're like Toby Keith running around pistol-whipping the likes of Jack White. "It's the Amuhhhrican way!" (Maybe I should have gone with Ted Nugent/Marilyn Manson, eh?)
Nukes are to nations what guns are to citizens: As long as they exist (and, arguably unfortunately, they do), legal restriction of their availability only serves to promote individual (and international) inequality as it pertains to the sadly ever-present potential for human violence. Allow me to further analogize ('cause I love to): I'd say florists are not high on the list of targets for armed robbery, but I'll bet they edge out gun shops! In my Utopia, everyone is armed, and has the peaceful reciprocal respect for sovereignty that mutually assured destruction counter-intuitively cultivates.
— Norman Plombe