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Because we as Unitarian Universalists strongly affirm the high ideal of a
peaceful world community, recognizing the crucial interdependence of all peoples
as well as of all creation;
Whereas the U.S. Department of Defense is working on a National Missile
Defense system for North America, following in the tradition of the Strategic
Defense Initiatives ("Star Wars") which to date has cost $60 billion by Center
of Defense Information estimates; and
Whereas President Clinton will be making his decision on whether or not to
approve this project this fall;
Whereas the United States government is pressuring the Canadian government,
as an ally of the United States, to participate in a National Missile Defense
Whereas this system undermines forty years of nuclear arms control,
especially the U.S.-Russian Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972, and is likely
to provoke Russia and China to reject the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and to
engage in a renewed nuclear arms race;
Whereas, in response to the proposed National Missile Defense system, nuclear
weapons states (such as India, Pakistan, and Israel), as well as many
non-nuclear weapons states, are likely to refuse to ratify the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty and, in fact, the National Missile Defense System would
further promote proliferation of nuclear weapons among nuclear and non-nuclear
Whereas NATO allies, particularly France, insist that any ballistic threat
must be considered in the context of a broader concern for the international
Whereas the U.S. Department of Defense has claimed that the National Missile
Defense system is designed to protect against rogue states (such as North Korea,
Iran, and Iraq) yet has planned to position missiles on the Russian border in
Alaska and Norway; and
Whereas the non-military scientific community has pointed out that this
system will be ineffective and easily made inoperable, making this project a
waste of money;
Therefore, we, the 2000 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist
Association, strongly urge:
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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