October 15, 2013

On September 27, SF Bay Area President Dr. Bob Gould gave the keynote address at the Peace Day Luncheon of the San Francisco chapter of the United Nations Association. Dr. Gould’s remarks focused on the central historic and current role of the UN in addressing violent conflict, with its recent demonstrated value in providing a peaceful path towards removing chemical weapons in Syria without expanding the dreadful conflict that has already killed over 100,000 people. Dr. Gould discussed the important role of organizations such as PSR and its allies in opposing a U.S. attack on Syria, and how critical PSR and IPPNW’s goal of a Mideast Weapons of Mass Destruction Zone would be to reducing the chances of a regional nuclear conflict.

Since averting such a nuclear conflict is at the heart of our current global educational campaign about the humanitarian dangers of nuclear weapons, Dr. Gould also addressed the need to end the enormous supply of advanced conventional arms to the region, overwhelmingly supplied by the U.S., that in concert with promotion of regional nuclear power programs, provides an incendiary impetus to future warfare.