The Trade War With China Could Lead to an Accidental Nuclear War

The U.S. Government recently imposed tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese products, setting up a clash between the world’s two largest economies.

The risk we run here is another Cold War and an accidental nuclear war. Think about the near misses, the many instances when the world avoided nuclear war just by luck. For example, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

And if accidental nuclear war happened, it would be a medical and public health crisis of massive proportions and could lead to the extinction of human beings. As Drs. Jim Muller, John Pastore, and recently I wrote in an op-ed in our Op-Ed in the Boston Globe:

The relation of massive nuclear destructive force to national security requires such a change in human thinking that our leaders will not be able to bring us to safety without broad public support. It is time, with the help of an informed citizenry, to address not just the symptom but also the underlying disease: the existence of thousands of legal nuclear weapons threatening billions of innocent civilians.

In other news, it’s a beautiful Saturday day here in Boston. The birds are chirping and I feel lucky to be alive. I want to share some music from my friend Leonardo Aguilar.


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