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Features May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

Iran and Nukes

 
     

In late April, Jorge Hirsch, a UCSD professor of physics, and a dozen other prominent physicists, wrote a letter to President Bush, calling U.S. plans to reportedly use nuclear weapons against Iran “gravely irresponsible” and warning that such action would have “disastrous consequences for the security of the United States and the world.”

Last September, Hirsch and physics professor Kim Greist began a grass roots petition following reports that the federal government was in the final process of adopting new Defense Department proposals on the deployment of nuclear weapons. “The new policy allows the U.S. to use nuclear weapons against states that do not have nuclear weapons and for a host of new reasons, including rapid termination of a conflict on U.S. terms or to ensure success of the U.S. forces,” says Hirsch. Griest and Hirsch put their petition on
the Internet at http://physics.ucsd.edu/petition and, to date, more than 1,800 physicists, including seven Nobel laureates, have signed.

 

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