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January 6, 1999

Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(1):36-37. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-1-jbk0106

To the Editor: While it is important to condemn the irresponsible behavior of Pakistani and Indian leaders for testing nuclear weapons, thereby increasing the risk of nuclear war, as Dr Lown and colleagues1 point out, the real blame for this unhappy state of affairs rests squarely on the shoulders of the United States and the other nations with nuclear weapons. Over the last 50 years, these nations have sent the world mixed messages. For instance, the United States has promoted nuclear abstinence for others while continuing its own unilateral nuclear arms race, even 7 years after the end of the Cold War. The prestige and power associated with possessing nuclear weapons have not gone unnoticed by other countries.

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