The rumored excuse for his disappearance is a bad ankle, but I believe that as much as I believe that Kim Kardashian was ever a virgin. In reality, this guy has been lost for a long long time.
The U.S. and all nations really have an interest in reducing and ultimately eliminating nuclear weapons. They are expensive armaments which drain resources from society. The more you spend on weapons the less you can apply to other objectives.
If one asked, "where do most daunting challenges to global peace and security come from?" most would venture the Middle East and the Eurasian regions. Unfortunately, Northeast Asia is now adding its name on this list of conflict zones. The tectonic plates there are shifting under our feet.
One of the great stories of the 1980s to be obscured by the success of civil society organizations like Solidarity in Poland and Civic Forum in Czechoslovakia was the rise of an independent peace movement in a region dominated by official peace councils.
This is an ideal moment for Asia to offer a different approach to settling the myriad conflicts that have bedeviled the region for years. If Asia bids farewell to arms as a means of solving conflicts, it can set a powerful example for the rest of the world.
Only a deep and profound sanity will find and eliminate the causes of global warming, heal the earth, and create a truly sustainable security future.
While the economy, war, and immigration are deeply partisan, this is one issue that is not. For once, Congress can do the right thing and unify under the banner of the "atomic veterans." But time is running out.
No single march, of course, will alter the tide of history, but you have to begin somewhere (and then not stop). And to do so, you have to believe that the human ability to destroy isn't the best we have to offer and to remind yourself of our ability to protest, to hope, to dream, to act, and to say no to the criminals of history and yes to the children to come.
The United States simply cannot return to the Cold War days of nuclear tests. We have not carried out any tests since 1992. We need to keep it that way. The alternative is downright scary.
The truth is, as long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not safe. The human and environmental devastation caused by nuclear weapons -- whether by testing, mistake or malice -- is the very reason we need to eliminate them altogether.
At present the U.S. and Russia have the majority of the world's nuclear weapons and also have the deepest experience in verification. However, that reality has limited the world's capacity for reducing the nuclear threat.
Despite the ability we now possess to destroy ourselves and most life on this planet, we have barely begun to question our reflexive violence. Doing so requires looking courageously inward.
"Ban the bomb" is seen today as a leftist cause, with conservatives tending to resist any attempt to reduce the size of our nuclear arsenal or otherwise change our dependence on these weapons of mass destruction. Thus, Stanford Prof. Barton Bernstein's op-ed in yesterday's San Jose Mercury News is likely to come as a surprise.
Seventy years ago, the possibility of the apocalypse passed out of the hands of God or the gods and into human hands, which meant a new kind of history had begun whose endpoint is unknowable.
The nuclear weapons era opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but -- so the evidence suggests -- not the moral and intellectual capacity to control its worst instincts.